Details are emerging that State House panicked after reports leaked that Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was resigning.
Sources within the National Assembly Speaker’s office have confirmed that Kuria had indeed tendered his letter.
“State House operatives close to the President and senior Jubilee leaders are the ones who prevailed him to shelve the plan,” a source said.
It is not yet clear who the ‘State House operatives close to the president and senior Jubilee leaders’ are.
It is understood that those close to the President saw it as a coup against the President and there was a possibility of ‘an anti-Uhuru candidate winning in the ensuing by-election’.
An MP close to Kuria told this writer that the controversial legislator would make true his threat.
“Kuria is a different type of politician, he was ready to do it but we intervened,” the MP said.
He added: “Kuria’s move was analysed and seen as one that would have hit the button for hot politics. That is not what the President want.”
Kuria is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s MP in Gatundu where he is seen as holding the Kenyatta family’s seat.
While addressing the press, Kuria tone was that of reconciliation.
“Whereas I have no problem with politicians taking opportunity to revive their dead or collapsing political careers, I am troubled that they are doing it in a manner that is designed to create a rift between myself and the President with whom I enjoy excellent relations and who is indeed one of the 72,000 voters from Gatundu South who are my defacto employers,” part of his statement said.
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