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Moses Kuria declares he is ‘firmly in charge’ with Ruto, Gachagua out of the country

By Stanley Kimuge September 17th, 2023 2 min read

Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has reacted to public outcry over the rising cost of fuel in the country.

The price of petrol has shot up by Sh17, diesel by 21, and kerosene by Sh33 per litre, drawing the ire of a cross-section of Kenyans.

The increase in fuel prices is expected to push up the inflation at household level and transport costs.

But Kuria, known for his controversial utterances, blamed the situation on the rising cost of fuel to global shortages of the commodity, as he told off the critics of the Kenya Kwanza administration.

“Everyone needs to understand that the prices of crude oil have gone up globally (and we have little control over it). And you know you have an oil well at your home, tell us so that we can come to drill for you so that you can bring it down,” said the CS at an event at the University of Eldoret.

He added: “I want to tell those who spend the entire day to talk negatively on social media. How will that help reduce the cost of living? Let people go back to farms and engage in meaningful work.”

Meanwhile, Kuria sensationally claimed since President William Ruto, his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua, and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, had traveled for official assignments outside the country, ‘he was firmly in charge’ of the country.

“Our President, Deputy President, and Prime cabinet secretary traveled outside. This means I am firmly in charge,” stated the CS, moments before ending his speech at the event.

The claim is, however, not factual as per the constitution.

The vocal CS made the remarks at the University of Eldoret’s annual agri-business trade fair where he graced the event as the chief guest.

The event attracted more than 60 exhibitors and hundreds of farmers who attended the three-day event.

The CS stressed that the government was expecting a bumper harvest following the provision of the government’s subsidized fertilizer even as he appealed to farmers to adopt modern technologies to mitigate climate change.

He said the government distributed 3 million bags of fertilizers to farmers to increase production and help reduce the cost of living.

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