Moses Kuria is the current Gatundu South Constituency MP and the leader of Chama Cha Kazi. Previously, he served as a Member of Parliament for Gatundu constituency from 1997 to 2002. He’s known for being outspoken and fiercely independent on his views — so much so that friends and foes have trouble understanding his political stand.
Moses Kuria is controversial, unpredictable, and admirable — that’s why he makes headlines almost daily. As the leader of Chama Cha Kazi, Kuria has promised to lead his party to government in 2022.
Moses Kuria – Education
The outspoken MP went to Githuya Primary School in Gatundu. He later proceeded to Ituru Secondary School in the same district.
While pursuing his Bachelors degree at the University of Nairobi, he joined one of the most esteemed student leadership bodies in Kenya, SONU.
Moses Kuria’s background is in finance, banking, and political science. He studied at the University of Nairobi, graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Masters in Business Administration, and became a Chartered Accountant.
Moses Kuria – Political Career
In 1994, he worked as an Auditor for Family Finance and Building Society. In 1995, he moved to Riyadh to work as the Head of Business Process Re-engineering for All Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia.
Moses Kuria’s career is a story of political ascension. After beginning his career as an auditor in the mid-90s, he quickly rose to the rank of COO at Wamad Information Service in 2007. Later that year, Moses joined the political arena by working for President Mwai Kibaki, who was re-elected for a second term.
Moses Kuria was first elected as the MP for Gatundu South Constituency in 2013 in a by-election necessitated by the death of Jossy Ngugi, who was serving as an MP at the time.
Moses’s opponent, Joachim Kamere of the New Democratic Party withdrew from the race, hence he was sworn in as the Gatundu South MP.
In 2017, Moses Kuria, then a member of the National Alliance party, was re-elected to the position of Member of Parliament.
Moses Kuria and William Ruto
With the Jubilee fallout after the 2017 elections, he allied himself with the Deputy President William Ruto’s Hustlers Movement. He is also known for having been a fierce critic of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), fronted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga.
A fiery Moses Kuria has been at the forefront of a bottom-up economic gospel championed by Deputy President William Ruto in the run up to his 2022 Presidential bid.
As time went by though, Kuria unveiled his own Party, the Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP) that successfully won a Ward and Parliamentary seat in by-elections held in Kiambu County.
He would later abandon the outfit and form another party by the name Chama cha Kazi (CCK), a party he insists will not nominate anybody above 45 years for the position of MCA in the 2022 general election.
Moses Kuria insists he is still a strong member of the Hustler Nation movement, but insists that his decision to form a different party from UDA is to cater for the interests of the Mt Kenya people.
One of the biggest controversies surrounding Moses Kuria was his admission that Members of Parliament received Ksh 100,000 each to support the appointment of a new Majority Leader.
His revelations revealed much of what happens in Parliament in efforts to sway motions in favor of the government of the day.
The Gatundu South MP has also severally found himself in the courts for hate speech and incitement. At the onset of COVID-19, he was arrested for flouting the containment measures. He spent a night at the police station following the arrest.
Moses Kuria’s Illness
The Gatundu South MP has been admitted to the Karen Hospital for several weeks now. He has undergone multiple surgeries, and has seen a number of visitors, including a visit from DP Ruto, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and more.
But for some reason, Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Waruguru did not have positive words for him.
Apparently, Kuria and Waruguru have harbored grudges for a long period of time, and the Laikipia legislator took advantage of Kuria’s illness to vent her past frustrations.