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Moses Kuria's Bold Declaration Comes Back to Haunt Him

Ebere

Jan. 11, 2020

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria made a bold declaration on May 16, 2016, when he advocated for the upwards review of the National Police Service budget.
The MP had explained that the budget would help the police procure more teargas that would allegedly be used on then Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) supporters who were protesting against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
"Well done police! As a Member of the Parliamentary Budget Committee, I can confirm we will be reviewing the budget upwards to cater for emerging issues like the need for more and extra lethal teargas," he wrote on Facebook.
"Now they are saying that the police used live bullets. Did they want you to use dead bullets? Whoever wants change at IEBC bring your petition to bunge we deal with it through the law and constitution. Happy machozi Monday," he wrote.
Almost three years since Kuria's statement, his supporters were tear-gassed by police officers on Friday 10, 2020, and had to scamper for safety.
The legislators, led by Kandara MP Alice Wahome and her Kiharu counterpart, Ndindi Nyoro, had held a press conference at Kilimani Police Station, protesting the arrest of Kuria, when the incident took place.
The Gatundu South MP was arrested on Friday following claims by Kiambu activist, Joyce Wanja, that he had assaulted her.
Ms Wahome's speech was interrupted by the police, as she lashed out at the government for allegedly conducting a witchhunt against DP Ruto's allies.
"We are here in solidarity with Moses Kuria. He was arrested this morning and he recorded his statement before 12 over an alleged assault. Since then, he was not released.
"As a lawyer speaking with authority, one is guaranteed a bail and police bond when charged with an assault offence. That was not given to him by 2 pm. And now that we know we are dealing with people who are taking this country back to the dark days, we saw it necessary to consult a lawyer," Wahome alleged.
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