Moses Kuria details his experience at Pangani cell and phone call with Raila

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria shakes hands with CORD leader Raila Odinga in court. [Photo/Courtesy]

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has spoken out about his apparently piteous experience at the Pangani Police Station cell and a telephone conversation he had with CORD leader Raila Odinga.

In an interview on NTV Saturday night, Kuria decried the poor state of the cell saying no person regardless of the alleged crime committed should live in such poignant conditions.

The Jubilee MP was forced to share a cell with five other legislators; two from his Jubilee party and four from CORD for four days, when they were being held for alleged hate speech.

“I proposed an all for one and one for all rule while in the cell, which was seconded by Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama,” said Moses Kuria.

“This is a lesson to Kenyans that they do not have to fight for us (politicians) because we have no personal differences amongst ourselves.”

Discussion on several issues

The Gatundu South legislator noted that while in the cell, they deliberated on a number of issues including the IEBC standoff, which has so far been a knotty debate that has developed a wedge between Jubilee and CORD.

He said that upon extensive discussions, the legislators had discovered that the IEBC issue was not unresolvable, as they have previously imagined, adding that the major reason for the current standoff could be attributed to mistrust and suspicion between the two political groups.

“We realised that some of these issues could have been sorted out in informal sittings at Parliament Buildings like at the cafeteria where most of our discussions revolved around trivial matters like the quality of food and allowances.”

“Maybe the only reason we do not engage in such discussions outside official settings is because we rely on cues from our principals, which should not be the case. We should be engaging on such issues even without the signal from our principals.”

Raila’s visit, phone call

Kuria was arrested and thereafter detained for allegedly calling for the assassination of CORD principal Raila Odinga during his address at Kasarani last weekend, allegations that he denied in his plea on Friday.

It is therefore a perceivable irony that Raila Odinga, during his visit to the cell, spoke to Kuria and even invited him for lunch.

According to Gatundu South legislator, the CORD leader had expressed interest in meeting the legislators but since this was not possible he ended up speaking to them on phone.

“He began the conversation with a light joke saying he had asked Joho that he speaks to me at least for the last time before I kill him.”

Kuria however said that Raila did not seek an apology from him but a clarification of his remarks, which sparked fury among CORD supporters leading to protests in some parts of Nairobi, Kisumu and Migori.

“He wanted to come to the cell but they wouldn’t allow him. We therefore used an officer’s cellphone to communicate. He first spoke to CORD members after that I spoke to Joho before speaking to him (Raila).”

Kuria said that he had nothing personal against the CORD leader, saying he had played an important role in the country.

“Raila might not be my preferred presidential candidate but I have nothing against him. He extended a lunch (fish) invitation which I obliged to with my only condition being that the fish be accompanied by my favourite vegetable, which is osuga.”

His pronouncement however seem to conflict with Raila’s statement on Friday where he claimed that he had forgiven Kuria saying that no one who plans to assassinate someone would make it public.

The CORD leader claimed that Kuria was not serious with his utterances adding that he was only out to entertain his supporters.

Call for unity

Kuria said the ‘cell experience’ had taught them to preach peace and unity, calling on Kenyans to disregard political differences exhibited by political leaders sand stay united.

“We need to heal this country and demystify politics. We can actually do away with pessimism and cynicism that has defined our political past by making it possible to disagree politically without dividing the people.”

“As politicians, we have decided to unite this country regardless of whether we are from Jubilee or CORD because we are at the core of this issue.”

Kuria, who has three cases of hate speech in court, further claimed that he does not have anything against any community and would not do anything to cause divisions in the country.

The Gatundu South MP was in the cell alongside MPs Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) from Jubilee; Junet Mohamed (Suna East) and Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama from CORD.

Busia Women Representative Florence Mutua and her Kilifi counterpart Aisha Jumwa were detained at the Muthaingi Police Station.

All the eight MPs held for hate speech were, however, released on bond on Friday, after four days in police custody.



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