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DP Gachagua responds on sacking claims of CS Kuria

DP Gachagua dismisses reports on the sacking of Trade CS Moses Kuria amid differences in the Kenya Kwanza government.

In response to their public altercation, which exposed underlying divisions within the ruling coalition, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has stated that the Kenya Kwanza government will not fire Moses Kuria, the cabinet secretary for trade.

Speaking on Friday at the funeral service for Field Marshall Muthoni wa Kirima, Gachagua compared his criticism of CS Kuria’s comments to a loving father disciplining his young son.

“There are people who do not wish our community well. We’ve heard rumours of people saying that Moses Kuria and I have differences and that he should be fired. Those saying that he should be fired, to go where and for what reason?” he posed.

“Kuria spoke and I saw that he was out of line and I told him not to do that and say it this way. That’s what a father does.”

He blamed the media for exaggerating the issue and trying to create a rift in the Kenya Kwanza camp.

“The media put a front headline saying Kuria and I have differences, that is far from the truth. We are united more than ever. I mobilized Mt Kenya to vote for Ruto and it worked. My next job is to unite and safeguard the interests of the Mt Kenya community; that’s my job description,” he added.

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During his speech, Gachagua also explained the recent fuel hike, saying that it was by global factors that the government could not control. He assured Kenyans that the government is working towards providing a lasting solution to the high cost of living.

“When other people talk about the cost of fuel, I beg that the Mount Kenya community should remain silent on this. This is a global issue,” he said.

“The prices of oil in the Gulf states have increased. We know about how the war in Ukraine has affected the global economy. Let’s be honest, that even if you did a survey across our neighbouring countries, we have the cheapest oil.”

“Let me say that this House of Gikuyu and Mumbi remains united as one. I cannot do it alone, only to where God can take me. In the next elections, we cannot be divided as a house. In 2022, 87 percent went one way while 13 percent went another way. Let us all agree to speak in one voice because united we stand and divided we fall,” he noted.

“This community is unique, we talk differently but if our interests are threatened, we put our differences aside and speak as one.”

CS Kuria had come under fire in the past week over his remarks on the cost of living indicating that the prices of fuel are likely to go up for the next five months. The remarks prompted DP Gachagua to dismiss him and warn public servants against mocking Kenyans on the high cost of living.

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