Untold Story of Moses Kuria: A Banker who Can Speak Fluent Arabic

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria is one of the many Kenyan politicians whose controversy is their second name.

From spitting venom to other politicians to defying his Jubilee party by announcing his 2022 presidential bid , Kuria has still managed to earn himself a Kikuyu tile Njamba ya ruriri” (warrior of the people) .

Former Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant Suleiman Shahbal has now revealed his long journey with Kuria.

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Suleiman Shahbal and President Uhuru Kenyatta

In an article which he published on a local daily on Tuesday, Shahbal reveals that he personally employed Kuria in his bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in early 2006 where he was surprised to learn that the current Kikuyu MP can actually speak fluent Arabic.

He goes further to claim that despite Kuria not having prior experience as a banker, he was impressed with him on the first sight and decided to employ him.

“I retorted that neither did he (manager), yet I had taken the risk to promote him. Was I wrong? I tore up the contract to the Saudi company and signed a new one for the Kenyans,” he says.

The city tycoon describes him as an educated man acting in a tribal play, appealing and singing to his tribe.

According to Shahbal who praised him, Kuria’s shift from the hardworking Kenyan banker in Saudi Arabia to a man who creates incitement and reckless remarks to facts is proof that he is on the right track and is maturing politically.

Moses Kuria and Raila Odinga
“This is definitely not the Arabic-speaking Kikuyu technocrat I gave a contract in Saudi Arabia. He is on a different mission. With a flourish, he reaches out to Raila and visits Kisumu to wild applause. What is going on here? Following charges of incitement, he is locked up in a police cell and comes out friends with his enemies ,” he quoted.

Shahbal’s article has caused abuzz online. Here are some of the reactions ;


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