PUBLIC SERVICE MINISTER Moses Kuria has drawn fire among senators for defending Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza. Now the senators of the Kenya Kwanza and Azimio factions are pushing for the sacking of the minister claiming that his behavior brings shame to the government and especially President William Ruto.
Led by the Majority Leader in the Senate Aaron Cheruiyot, the senators on Wednesday 8,2023, complained about what they called Mr Kuria’s action to intervene in the hearings to deal with the case of dismissing Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza. They criticized Mr Kuria, who is a former MP for Gatundu South, for giving a list of 13 senators who he claimed had been “misled” to ensure that Ms Mwangaza was removed from office.
“This minister has had a bad behavior to embarrass the President through his disrespectful remarks. I actually agree with the senators of this parliament who previously submitted a motion to discuss Mr Moses Kuria’s actions. For example, now this minister is embarrassing the President of this country by claiming that some of us are being misled to remove Governor Mwangaza from office,” said Mr Cheruiyot.
The Kericho senator explained that the minister has been dishonoring the government of Kenya First through his actions that go against the requirements of the Constitution regarding Ethics and Good Leadership.
“As a matter of fact, the Honorable Speaker recommends that Minister Kuria be removed from that position to save the status of this government and President William Ruto,” Mr Cheruiyot added.
Other senators supported Mr Cheruiyot’s proposal saying Mr Kuria’s actions are questionable and he should be impeached.
“Moses Kuria is an example of national shame. Why does the President accept this type of behavior? If no action is taken against Kuria, he may embarrass the government even more,” said Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’.
Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’ advised Kenya First senators to advise him to sack the Minister of Public Service.
“Go and tell “Mkubwa” that minister Kuria brings shame not only to the government but to this nation and the East African region as a whole. His actions and statements make Kenya look like a country that does not follow the law,” said the senator who was elected on the ODM party ticket.
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei supported the proposal of his colleagues but added that the Minister of Transport Kipchumba Murkomen should also be punished for “disrespecting elected officials”. “Kuria throws insults through Twitter, but Murkomen insults and demeans leaders in the funeral ceremony,” he said.
Speaker Amason Kingi interrupted the debate on Mr Kuria and suggested that senators prepare a motion that will be presented in the national parliament. This is because according to the Constitution, Article 152, the National Assembly has the authority to initiate a motion to remove a Minister of the National Government from office.
“So, honorable senators. If you feel that the behavior of minister Kuria is not good, use the authority given to you by the laws of this parliament,” Mr Kingi said. He added: “This is a practical parliament. Prepare a motion to remove the minister from office and then submit it to the National Assembly so that the process can be initiated.”
According to that provision, such a motion must be supported by at least two-thirds of the total number of MPs in the National Assembly. Based on the current number of 349 MPs, the motion to dismiss the minister must be supported by at least 233 MPs. Ministers of the national government who have faced the threat of being removed from office are former Minister of Devolution Anne Waiguru (now Governor of Kirinyaga), former Minister of Transport James Macharia and former Minister of Education Jacob Kaimenyi.