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Why Moses Kuria failed to honour King Charles invite

By Mercy Simiyu November 9th, 2023 2 min read

Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has explained his absence during King Charles III’s recent four-day State visit, claiming he had “pressing” engagements at the time.

Speaking during the JK live show, Kuria, known for his controversial statements, insisted he was ‘busy trying to learn the new docket’ at the time the King and Queen Camilla were in the country.

President William Ruto recently transferred Kuria from the Trade docket to that of Public Service.

He defended his absence by suggesting he was dedicated to his work and the betterment of the nation, emphasizing his commitment to studying substantial materials.

“Unfortunately, I was busy with other things and I didn’t get the time to meet the King…but I got an invitation of which I tendered an apology…I had an invitation,” he said.

“Suppose I was doing better things; like building this nation or looking after my docket…you know I am a man. I don’t have the luxury. I am studying huge books…I take my work very seriously.”

After King Charles’s visit, Kuria took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to comment, seemingly targeting Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua with the phrase, ‘Sasa venye King Charles amerudi kwao, fake Kingpins you can take over (now that the King has left the country, fake kingpins can take over).’

He clarified that his remark was in support of President William Ruto’s playful comment about politicians claiming to be “Kingpins” before the King’s arrived.

“I saw on YouTube later the President told King Charles that now that he is in town, there are some people who go around here calling themselves Kingpins, but now I hope they are resting. So I went back and thought that the president forgot to tell them, excuse me, the King is gone, wake up…isn’t that my job to help the president,” Kuria explained.

Kuria also clarified that he tweets all the controversial statements on his X handle.

“If not, all the tweets on that handle have to get my approval.”

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