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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Moses Kuria storms out of interview after Arati claims SGR goes to Kenyatta farm

A file photo of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
A file photo of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

Moses Kuria walked out of a radio interview on Monday after a brief squabble with Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati.

The Gatundu South legislator stormed off the show on KTN's Radio Maisha after Arati criticised Jubilee for "lying to Kenyans".

Arati touched on corruption and the Standard Gauge Railway claiming it stretches all the way to the the Kenyattas' property.

"....ile railway ingetoka Mombasa na ifike Nairobi...[President Uhuru Kenyatta] anatuambia ati railway inatoka Nairobi pia na inafika Naivasha, Inafika kwa shamba lake," he continued.

This loosely translates to: "The President says the railways stretches from Mombasa to Nairobi and them from Nairobi to Naivasha but it goes up to his family's shamba."

Kuria interjected saying: "Hiyo ni ujinga wacha tuongee ukweli (That is stupid. Let us tell the truth).

But Arati persisted compelling his counterpart to remove his head phones, bang the table and walk out of the studio.

Arati carried on with his criticism of the government.

"Na huo ndio ukweli na ukweli lazima usemwe. Hakuna siku tutakubali ifike kwa shamba la Kenyattas. Hakuna siku sisi tutabembelezana na Jubilee...ukweli hawataki kusikia," he said. (That is the truth and it must be told. We will never allow the railway to reach the Kenyattas' property. We will never go easy on Jubilee...they don't want the truth".

Kenya Railways engineer Maxwell Mengich said last September that the SGR route starts from the west end of the Nairobi south hub, where the Mombasa–Nairobi SGR ends.

He said it turns south-westward through Nairobi National Park and then westward, past Twala and Ongata Rongai towns.

More on the route: SGR route to open up towns for growth

Also read: Nairobi-Naivasha SGR construction to cost Sh2 billion more

The Gatundu South MP has gotten into the habit of walking out of interviews that get heated.

In 2015, he stormed out of a session on Citizen TV before a clip of him allegedly inciting youths in his constituency was played.

Kuria was allegedly urging his constituents to attack politicians opposed to the National Youth Service projects.

He denied the claim saying his address was taken out of context.

[VIDEO] Moses Kuria causes row after asking Gatundu youth to chop those opposed to NYS machetes

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