Outspoken Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has been arrested on the evening of Monday, April 12, 2021.
In a brief post on his official Facebook page, embattled MP stated that he was being held at Karuri Police Station in Kiambu.
According to multiple Sources,Moses Kuria was arrested for flouting the Covid-19 rules by holding a meeting inside one of the hotels along the Northern Bypass .
Viral Photos shared by Moses Kuria showed him at the OB desk at Karuri Police Station alongside some of his supporters.
Reports also indicated that the meeting was held to discuss the upcoming Juja by-election in which the MP has fronted a candidate on his newly formed People Empowerment Party (PEP) .
Earlier on, the police had arrested a woman claimed to be the wife of George Koimburi who MP Moses Kuria is supporting in the Juja by election.
“The cowards have arrested the wife to Hon George Koimburi, PEP Candidate for Juja. She will be arraigned in a Thika court tomorrow. But verily, verily I say unto you. Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come. Tukutane Thika asubuhi,” the MP said.
Moses Kuria’s candidate Koimburi is preparing to face Susan Waititu the widow of the late MP Francis Waititu.
Koimburi had recently claimed to have received multiple threats from anonymous people contracted to monitor his every move.
Addressing the press in Ruiru town on March 16, he alleged some people were tracking him down since Sunday when he defected from Jubilee. He called on the government to provide him with security to quell the fears.
“All I’m requesting is the government to provide me with security because I believe my life is in danger. Some strange people have been following me since I defected on Sunday,” Koimburi during a press conference on March 16.
He said he decided to defect to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s PEP since he stood a better chance to replace former Juja MP Francis Munyua Waititu (Wakapee) who succumbed to brain cancer last month.
The aspirant told his supporters that by joining PEP, he still regards the President and his government highly.
“I defected because I stand a better chance in PEP. My defection should not be seen as bringing war between the government and the tangatanga brigade. I still respect the President and his government, “he said.
Koimburi came second in the 2017 Juja Constituency election and is among the more than 15 aspirants eying the seat in the May 18 by-elections.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) associated with the Deputy President William Ruto pulled out of the race.
He was set to face off with the former MP’s widow Susan Njeri Waititu in the Jubilee Party nominations before his defection.
Koimburi accused top Jubilee officials and some Kiambu politicians of pushing him out of the party through intimidation.
“This forced me to decamp from Jubilee after realising that the leadership was favouring Mrs Waititu in the nominations,” he said.
Mrs Waititu is now left to face off with at least three other aspirants for the Jubilee party primaries scheduled to take place this Saturday.
Other contestants eyeing the Jubilee ticket include Naftaly Rugara Muiga, a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), former Kiambu Education CEC Joseph Ng’ang’a and businessman Anthony Kirori.
Others are independent aspirants among them a medical doctor Joseph Gichui, Zack Nderitu and James Marungo, a local businessman.
Former Juja constituency chairman Ken Gachuma, Moses Mwenda and Eunice Wanjiru Wamugo had been cleared to face off at the UDA nominations before it decided not to field candidates.