, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 10 – Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has thrown his support behind former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s son, Kennedy, for East Africa Legislative Assembly.
Kuria says it would be wrong for Kennedy to be denied an opportunity on the basis of being a son of the NASA presidential running mate, and not his qualifications.
“I express my support for Kennedy Musyoka. When his name comes up in the National Assembly, I will vote for and support his candidature. I have listened to voices that are opposed to his candidature and I am not convinced,” the MP said on Saturday.
“As a matter of fact, I am convinced that so many Kenyans are denied opportunities because they are not from well-known families and I say that is very wrong. But it is equally wrong to deny a Kenyan an opportunity, simply because they are from a known family.”
Kuria pointed out that those opposed to Kennedy’s candidature were doing so on a personal level, insisting that it was not a Jubilee Party stance.
“Everyone needs to be judged on their own merit,” he insisted.
“We have not taken a corporate decision. I would want to believe those members who are opposed to Kennedy’s nomination did it on their own personal stand.”
Kuria says once the names are tabled in Parliament, he shall vote for the youthful Kennedy while urging his colleagues to also support him.
He said all Kenyans should be treated equally despite their backgrounds.
Kennedy, who accompanied the Gatundu South legislator at the news conference, says he is equal to the challenge and is ready to serve the country if he sails through.
“He has represented the spirit of the Constitution which is all about fairness. For me, all I would ask in this process is fairness. I believe I am qualified; I just want an opportunity to serve my country,” Kennedy, a trained lawyer said.
The Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale has been vocal against Kennedy’s candidature while insisting someone else should be given the opportunity.
It now waits to be seen whether other Jubilee MPs will support Kennedy when the vote comes up in Parliament.
Duale has accused the Wiper leader of nepotism in the nomination.
“Unlike Oburu Odinga who I now consider to be intelligent, Kennedy Musyoka doesn’t want to listen to me and he will be taught a lesson. You can quote me on that, we will lobby and we will make sure he does not get that position,” Duale said as he stressed that his statement “was not personal or driven by vendetta” early this month.
Already the activities of the regional assembly have failed to kick off until Kenya approves its representatives.