NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria now says his name will be on the Presidential ballot, come 2022.
Speaking during an interview with Capital in the Morning on Monday, Kuria stated that his motto will be to work for all Kenyans regardless of tribe or social background.
“I will support myself for the Presidency,” he stated when asked about whom he would support during the election.
The vocal MP stated that his resolve to vie for the presidency is part of his determination to help solve challenges facing Kenyans, including tribalism.
“First of all, I have never talked badly about religion or tribe but the problem with the people I speak against, is that they describe me as a tribalist, thief, corrupt,” he stated.
He further stated that claims that he was tribalistic were misguided.
“I think their symbol needs to be a brush. When you join them, they paint you white when you leave them they paint you black. I am not a tribalist.”
He vowed to ensure Kenyans get efficient service delivery especially on projects top do with development and infrastructure.
“Campaign for me. My symbol will be a spanner. I just want to speak my mind. If I have opposed you and you are from another tribe it is not because you are from a different area,” he said.
He stated that the issues affecting Kenyan are far reaching and went beyond tribe or social status.
“If even if you look at the issues affecting this nation like those of the youth unemployment, use of SME, they do not know tribe. The same hunger that is biting people in Gatundu is the same one that is biting someone else in Mombasa, Kisumu or wherever there is,” he said.
He exuded confidence of a win and pointed out that his past record where he won the Gatundu South Parliamentary seat trouncing six opponents is evidence that he can prevail.
“Three years after I went to parliament, is when we went for the elections on August 8. I had six opponents against me and I won by 93 percent. I know my stuff and I do not believe in losing. I am very poor at that,” he stated.
He also talked about his relationship with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga whom he described as a ‘very good friend of his.’
“Raila is my great buddy. I like the guy and I think the Right Honorable likes me as well. You only need to be where we both are, and you will have the time of your life. Not all the time we agree but there are times we have agreed in the past,” he stated.
“It will shock you that at 1997, I was a 26-yr- old and Raila was going for the Presidency for the first time. And he wanted to know particularly how the Mt Kenya region would vote and if they would support him. He commissioned two young men to give him advice and I was one of them,” he recalled.