MPs Moses Kuria, Koimburi fall out over toilet

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 10 Dec, 2021 15:44 | 2 mins read
Juja MP George Koimburi swore to rebrand the party from Chama Cha Kazi to Kiambu County on Friday, December 10 before handing it over to the county.PHOTO/MATHEW NDUNGU

The fallout between Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and his Juja counterpart George Koimburi has escalated beyond repair.

Kuria of Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) is said to have been angered by Koimburi's disrespect and disregard of his participation in the by-election held in May this year after Koimburi rebranded the Witeithie Market Lavatory that he had donated during the campaign period with People's Empowerment Party (PEP) colours.

The toilet was branded as having been donated by PEP through Koimburi until this morning when residents woke up only to find that it had been repainted and branded as having been donated by the CCK party and maintained by Kiambu County government.

The toilet is said to have been built by Koimburi and Kuria in an effort to woo Juja voters to vote for the People Empowerment Party (PEP) candidate.

When contacted for a comment, Koimburi confirmed the fallout saying it was as a result of small political differences.

"Kuria wanted me to vie on his CCK party but I declined because the party has no presidential candidate," Koimburi said.

"I will be handing over the toilet to Kiambu County and it will be repainted today from 2 pm," Koimburi added.

In his remarks, Kuria seemingly accused Koimburi of supporting Ruto's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) instead of being loyal.

"Koimburi should, with the help of UDA build a toilet there as well for use by their supporters," he said in a WhatsApp message sent to K24 Digital.

Traders at the market led by Njoroge Mungai had pleaded with the duo to put up the toilet after decades of sanitation challenges.

The fallout between the two became clearer weeks ago after Koimburi invited Deputy President William Ruto for a thanksgiving ceremony in the Constituency without Kuria's involvement.

At the time that the ceremony was being held, Kuria was receiving treatment at a Nairobi Hospital for burns sustained on his leg.

Mungai said Kuria and Koimburi's differences might even worsen as he, Koimburi, has sponsored further rebranding of the toilet to read as having been sponsored by the county.

"We woke up to find that the toilet had received a new branding. While we can't tell what is happening, we presume that all is not well between Kuria and our MP," Muthoni Mwangi, another trader said.