Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has apologized to President Kenyatta following pressure from Kiambu leaders and elders to withdraw his New Year Eve's 'disrespectful' remarks.
Speaking at Thika Stadium on December 31st, 2018, Kuria criticized President Uhuru accusing him of neglecting his backyard as far as development projects are concerned.
Kuria accused President Kenyatta of going to Kiambu to issue certificates to rehabilitated alcohol addicts instead of launching projects as he does in other regions.
“We have been rendered into voting machines but development is channeled elsewhere; we must shelve that nonsense."
“I want to tell the President to launch water, new roads, and electrification projects. We were with him in Kisumu where he launched new roads but coming to Kiambu, he only issued certificates to rehabilitated alcoholics,” said Kuria.
Kiambu leaders led by former Governor William Kabogo and Woman Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba as well as Gatundu South council of elders criticized Kuria over his sentiments and demanded he apologizes to Kenyatta.
“We wish to categorically state that those remarks reckless and irresponsible utterances by our MP were purely his personal opinion and not the opinion of the elders of Gatundu South constituency,” Martin Muhoho Kuria, the secretary of Gatundu South council of elders says in a statement.
Addressing reporters in Gatundu South on Friday, Kuria has apologized to Kenyatta but has explained that people misinterpreted his statement. He has urged leaders to stop using his statement to create friction between himself and President Uhuru.
“I refused to be sidetracked by those people who want to mislead people by saying that I have disrespected the president."
" I have never disrespected the head of state. If any case any word that I might have uttered could have been misconstrued in any bad way. I offer my profuse apologies to the head of state and to anyone else,” says Kuria.