Controversial Moses Kuria beats retreat after barrage of attacks
SEE ALSO :DP top brass disown Kuria bidThe women donned white T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "embrace" in reference to the March 9 truce between Uhuru and Raila, which has stoked political acrimony. Allies of Deputy President William Ruto are perceived to resist the truce, alleging a plot wreck Jubilee. The timings and messaging in the numerous Press briefings throughout the week appeared well coordinated and funded, given the hasty printing of T-shirts, with cross-cutting organisers who signalled others to begin as soon as one ended. Yesterday, Kuria said he had reported those that had issued death threats to him to the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti. Kuria also sought to put the record straight, saying he fully supported the handshake between Uhuru and Raila, contrary to beliefs by some politicians. “There is misconception that has been created that I am opposed to the Building Bridges Initiative. I have been very consistent in supporting the initiative and even traversed many parts of the country,” he said. The lawmaker warned that if the country continued to be held captive by fears and divisions of the past, then there would be no development. On New Year's Eve, at Thika Stadium, the MP caused a storm after he sensationally claimed that the Mt Kenya region had been marginalised. Many of the President’s supporters did not take the remarks kindly. Legislators from Kiambu County were the first to slam the Gatundu South MP, terming his remarks tantamount to attacking Uhuru’s resolve to unite Kenyans. The area County MP Gathoni Wamuchomba led her colleagues in sharply criticising Kuria, observing that the MP's comments were unfortunate and insisting that the President had initiated many projects in the region. Ms Wamuchomba called on Kuria to apologise to the President for his remarks. Yesterday, Kuria, for the second time, apologised for his outburst, but emphasised that whatever he said was taken out of context by people who did not agree with him politically. He said despite him publicly apologising to the President, he had continued to receive a barrage of personalised attacks from individuals with personal and political scores to settle with him. Kuria added that he had no issue with the matter being used by election losers to revive their careers, but did not take it kindly when they used the issue to drive a wedge between him and the President. “I have nothing but utmost respect for President Kenyatta, with whom I worked for a long time towards making Kenya a great nation,” he added. Earlier in the afternoon, reports of the embattled MP resigning did rounds on social media and blogs. One media house carried a story of his imminent resignation on its online platform. The MP admonished the media house for publishing fake news and threatened to seek legal redress.