CS Moses Kuria woes deepen as his office is moved from the Two Rivers Mall building back to the 17th floor of the NSSF building.
The dispute between CS Moses Kuria and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua threatens to splinter the ruling coalition, as the government has ordered the Ministry of Trade to relocate its offices from Two Rivers Mall back to the 17th floor of the NSSF building.
Sources claim the government is attempting to cut costs in accordance with recent austerity measures by returning the offices to the building owned by the State pension fund.
The directive, according to a different source, was intended to rein in the outspoken CS who recently received a reprimand from the Deputy President for his comments over the cost of life and rising fuel prices.
The Trade Ministry moved out of the NSSF building, citing a lack of space to conduct its business as Kuria set his eyes on attracting more investments into the country.
Trade Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia stated in a letter dated November 7, 2022 that the addition of the State Department for Investments Promotion to the State Departments for Trade and Industry had increased the Ministry’s capability.
This necessitated a larger office space for the Ministry, which influenced the choice to rent property outside of the city.
Kuria further said that at the time, the NSSF building’s capacity was insufficient for their needs which prompted them to request the Kenya Development Corporation (KDC) to host the Office of the CS and support offices at the office complex.
CS Kuria explained that the relocation was a strategic move to provide a world-class environment needed to leave investors with a good impression of the country and subsequently secure deals.
“This is about how we treat investors. I go to the United States, and Europe, and know the kind of ambiance that investors are treated with,” he explained during an interview held on February 19, 2023.
He added that the relocation was part of his Ministry’s plan to increase foreign direct investments from USD500 million to USD10 billion.