Raymond Kuria has sensationally claimed that Gatundu MP Moses Kuria secretly pushed him out of the Kiambaa by-election race by removing his name from the People Empowerment Party (PEP).
According to Raymond, he was contesting for the seat under Moses Kuria’s PEP, but his dream was cut short before he submitted nomination papers to IEBC.
In a newspaper interview, the politician said that he did not voluntarily step out of the Kiambaa by-election race as claimed by the PEP leader.
“Moses Kuria (Gatundu North MP) came up to me with a brilliant idea of uniting the people of Mt Kenya through his party (People Empowerment P) and I believed in him until the day before I was to submit my paperwork to IEBC,
“When I tried to submit my paperwork to IEBC that’s when I learned that the Secretary-General of PEP had submitted a letter to the electoral body withdrawing my candidacy,” Raymond Kuria was quoted by People daily.
The Kiambaa by-election contestant said that Moses Kuria has never explained to him why he was kicked out of the race.
“Till today I don’t know what happened. I have never communicated with Moses, I have tried calling him, he does not answer my phone calls. But I have no problem with him, I let bygones be bygones,” he said.
This is contrary to an earlier statement by Moses Kuria, saying that they had talked with Raymond, asking him to drop his candidacy in support of William Ruto’s UDA candidate.
He later met DP Ruto at his Karen residence, where he endorsed UDA’s John Njuguna.
Raymond was then tasked to be the point man of UDA in the Kiambaa campaigns.
However, as the campaign period approached the homestretch, he shifted camps and joined Jubilee Party.
Days before the by-elections, Raymond and other UDA supporters who had defected to Jubilee met President Uhuru at State House accompanied by Jubilee’s candidate Kariri Njama.