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”Moses Kuria is going nowhere” Gachagua message to critics.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has dismissed those who want the dismissal of Trade Minister Moses Kuria due to his remarks against Kenyans regarding oil prices, which he personally considered disrespectful.

Gachagua said there was no war between them after some media outlets insisted that the two were in conflict.

”Niliona gazeti la the people wakiandika jana kuna shida mlimani (Mlima Kenya) kwamba huenda nikapigana na Moses Kuria. Mimi ni Naibu Rais huyu ni mfanyakazi wetu, hivyo mwajiri anaweza kugombana na mfanyakazi wake kweli” He said.

The Deputy President was speaking on Friday during the funeral of Mau Mau veteran, Field Marshal Muthoni Kirima in Nyeri County.

Hii Moses Kuria ni mtoto wetu, nimeona watu wengine wakisema ati afutwe kazi. Afutwe kazi aende wapi?” Gachagua asked.

”Kwa nini? Kuria ameongea nimeona ametoka nje kidogo, si mimi ni baba ya hapa, nimemwambia hapana, hapana kaza watu sana, enda pole pole. Si hiyo ni kazi yangu hiyo?”

Kuria was heavily criticized after he told Kenyans who were complaining about high fuel prices that this is just the beginning and things will get worse in the coming months.

It was after the energy regulator Epra, in the September-October fuel price review, increased fuel prices to Sh211.64 for petrol, Sh200.99 for diesel and Sh202.61 for one liter of kerosene in Nairobi.

The minister said that the oil price will definitely reach Sh260 by February, which he said will be influenced by science and climate change including El Nino.

“This is global and climate change. Responsible leaders should tell the truth to prepare the people. You can throw stones at me all you want,” Kuria said in a post on X on September 16.

The remarks were opposed by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who asked President William Ruto to fire Kuria along with Energy Minister David Chirchir and Economic Council chairman David Ndii who had equally disparaged Kenyans on the oil issue.

Gachagua, who was away in Colombia on a business visit, returned a day later and also criticized Kuria and Ndii saying it was their indifference to talk about Kenyans.

”Responsible leaders should be attentive and give hope to the people for a better tomorrow, speak to the people and encourage those who look to them in finding a solution and a way out of the difficult situation they find themselves in. This good leadership is caring about the people of Kenya,” the DP said.

But when he was speaking in the Nyeri, Gachagua added in his Kikuyu dialect that, “making a mistake is not a mistake but repeating a mistake.”

”Sasa mimi nikiwa kiongozi wa eneo hili, mimi naweza achilia huyu Kuria ahangaishwe (Kama kiongozi wa eneo hili, naweza kumruhusu Kuria atukanwe?”

”Nyinyi waandishi wa habari hamuelewi county hii, nimeona mmeweka kichwa kikubwa mnaweka picha yangu hapo na ya Kuria. Rekebisha hiyo picha wewe weka hizo picha mbili pamoja,” He said.

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