The Senate Majority and Minority factions have united in directing National Assembly Majority Leader, Kimani Ichung’wah, to introduce an impeachment motion against Public Service Cabinet Secretary, Moses Kuria.
This development comes in the wake of a contentious tweet by CS Kuria, alleging a witch hunt by the Senate during hearings for the motion to impeach Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza.
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Senate Majority Leader, Aaron Cheruiyot, voiced strong disapproval of CS Kuria’s behavior, stating, “On behalf of the Senate, I want to express my disappointment in the increasingly unacceptable conduct of Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria. His recent tweet was not only in bad taste but also portrayed senators in a negative light.”
Cheruiyot added, “This motion for censure is warranted, considering that the conduct of this particular minister has continually embarrassed the appointing authority.”
The contentious tweet by CS Kuria had listed 13 senators from both the government and opposition, insinuating that they were being influenced to make a decision regarding Mwangaza’s impeachment. Cheruiyot emphasized that the motion for impeachment should center on the accusation of intimidation by CS Kuria, who allegedly sought to interfere with Senate proceedings.
Cheruiyot also called for CS Kuria’s summons to appear before the Senate to substantiate his claims. “Such conduct should not go unaddressed. We urge the National Assembly to take note of this Cabinet Secretary’s behavior and consider necessary action.”
Senator Moses Kajwang supported Cheruiyot’s sentiments, stating, “This particular Cabinet Secretary has become a national embarrassment. He uses social media to disparage the Senate. I implore you, Senator Cheruiyot, to relay this to the President; this man is an embarrassment not just to the government but to Kenya and East Africa.”
Meru Senator Kathuri Murungi, who was elected on a UDA ticket, concurred that CS Kuria had become a rogue official. Murungi expressed that the Cabinet Secretary’s social media comments are an embarrassment and do not reflect the interests of the Meru people. He urged National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah to initiate CS Kuria’s impeachment.
Nyeri Senator Wahome Wamatinga similarly censured the Cabinet Secretary’s behavior, emphasizing the urgency of addressing the situation. He also highlighted the need for President William Ruto to dismiss CS Kuria, asserting that he had failed in his role.
In response, Senate Speaker Amason Kingi directed the senators to take charge and follow the relevant protocols to pursue CS Kuria’s removal. “If you feel the behavior of the CS is unacceptable, then invoke the relevant standing orders. While you may not have the authority to make a final decision to remove the CS, your recommendation to the National Assembly will carry significant weight,” said Speaker Kingi.