Moses Kuria Speaks on His Relationship with Rigathi Gachagua Amid Reports of Cold War and Bitter Rivalry in Fight to Be Ruto’s 2022 Runningmate

Moses Kuria

Moses Kuria

Outspoken Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has broken his silence and confirmed the nature of his relationship with Mathira counterpart Rigathi Gachagua amid reports of a cold war between them.

In an interview with a local publication on Monday, July 26, the outspoken lawmaker described their relationship as extremely good.

Kuria dismissed allegations by political analysts that the two were embroiled in a bitter rivalry over who between them was best suited to become Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate. 

“I have an extremely very good relationship with Hon Rigathi Gachagua on a personal, political and business fronts.

“As to whoever is sponsoring these fake quotes, your guess is as good as mine,” Kuria said.

File image of Moses Kuria and Rigathi Gachagua
File image of Moses Kuria and Rigathi Gachagua

At the center of the reports of the fallout are allegations that the lawmaker declined to support DP Ruto’s UDA party and instead opted to move to Chama Cha Kazi even after being kicked out of People’s Empowerment Party leadership.

The tension was evident months back when Kuria and Rigathi clashed publicl as different parties jostled for the Kiambaa constituency slot with both UDA and PEP declaring interest in the seat.

It took the intervention of DP Ruto for Moses Kuria’s candidate, Raymond Kuria to pull out of the race in favour of UDA’s Njuguna Wanjiku who eventually floored Jubilee’s Kariri Njama.  

In a recent interview, Kuria stated that he would not lead the Kikuyu community into joining the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

“If you go for dowry negotiations and you are being carried in a car donated by the groom, the groom’s family will not respect you and you will not get much. I will not be counted among those negotiating dowry from a point of weakness. This is message is for Kang’ata so that he can deliver it to our boss.”

“We have done the bigger thing by supporting someone that isn’t from our community but when we start planning ourselves and form our own party we should not be called tribalists. If things go south, and they often do, what will we tell our people? These days even women who are getting married do not burn the bed they were sleeping on in their parent’s house,” Kuria stated.

UDA is currently making inroads in Mt Kenya region with the aim of succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

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