Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria has confessed his sins. But some members of URP are concerned that his revelations about who fixed DP William Ruto at the international criminals Court (ICC) may have come a little too late.
The revelations seems to have strained relations in the Jubilee coalition bearing in mind that some URP MPs have accused their TNA counterparts of sincerity in their prayers to have the cases of the two terminated.
Following the confession of Moses Kuria that he was involved in the procurement of witnesses, MPs allied to the DP say that their worst fears had been confirmed on who was behind the coaching and procuring of the witnesses.
“The writing was on the wall on who sourced ICC witnesses and it is good that Hon Kuria has revealed that he was among those who had won the ‘tender’ to assist ICC in nailing William Ruto on “tramped up charges,” said Marakwet East MP Kangogo Bowen.
Kuria who spoke during a prayer rally in Mt Elgon, said he was ready to testify in The Hague. What, however, stoked the fires was when he that he did the ‘fixing’ together with NARC Kenya chairperson Martha Karua. Karua has denied the allegations and has promised to seek legal action.
Kuria also mentioned Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o and ODM Party leader Raila Odinga of having had a hand in the tribulations facing Ruto at the Hague.
Karua denied any involvement in the investigations by the ICC.
“I have never been a prosecutor or investigator, nor have I ever worked for The Hague court. My duties as the Minister for Justice did not include any investigation or search for witnesses, nor the identification or procurement of the witnesses for the case,” she said.
Raila too distanced himself from the allegations and so did Anyang’ Nyong’o.
In a statement, Raila said Kuria should be held accountable for his actions and that dragging his name into the ICC issue was a plot to use Kuria to cover up the actions of the real people who ‘fixed’ Ruto at the Hague.
But over time, politicians from Rift Valley have linked the ongoing ICC case to 2022 presidential elections which according to some URP MPs, a section of unnamed people from Mt Kenya want the DP locked out of the race.
A source close to the DP said Kalenjin MPs had refused to have their TNA counterparts join them in the recent Kuresoi prayer rally in Kiptororo Shrine. “Almost all Kalenjin MPs viewed their TNA colleagues were feeling nothing for the DP and that is why they had branded the prayers a Kalenjin affair,” said a source who sought anonymity.
He said the DP however persuaded them not to create a rift in the Jubilee coalition because they (URP) was bond to lose.
Another MP from North Rift and a close ally of the DP said: “We know we are in a marriage of convenience with our TNA brothers. This marriage is bond to collapse anytime but we are prepared,” said the MP.
“The schemes we see is all grafted in having the DP locked out of the presidential contest in 2022. Some are working day and night to see that the DP will not succeed president Kenyatta,” he said.
The MP said lack of commitment by TNA had been displayed during the recent prayer rally in Ruiru which according to him was turned into a Kabogo-Waititu affair.
Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a said the confessions by Kuria should put to rest the suspicions in the Jubilee government.
“Our URP counterparts should not panic. William Ruto has the support of Central Kenya,” she said.
DP Ruto however maintains that all is well between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We are in good books with the President. The only problem is you people (followers) down there,” the DP told a gathering he recently hosted at his Karen home.