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Jubilee wants Kuria probed over vote stealing remarks

Jubilee wants Kuria probed over vote stealing remarks

By Justus Karanja

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Barely a month after leaving a Dubai hospital, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (picured) finds himself in hot soup for marking reckless remarks.

The MP while speaking during United Democratic Alliance (UDA) National Delegates Congress that unveiled Deputy President William Ruto as the presidential flag-bearer claimed they (Jubilee) stole the presidential votes to crown Uhuru Kenyatta as President in 2017 elections.

Leading those calling on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to probe Kuria is Jubilee party Vice-Chairman David Murathe.

Murathe demanded IEBC summon Kuria to shed light on remarks in which he insinuated the 2017 presidential elections were rigged.

Kuria while speaking during UDA’s NDC held at Kasarani Stadium stated he, alongside other Mt. Kenya leaders who have since allied themselves with Ruto, rigged the 2017 elections in order to guarantee President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory.

According to Murathe, Kuria should be summoned by IEBC just like Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege who recently made headlines for making assertions that alluded to possible election malpractice at the previous polls.

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta footed the medical bill incurred by Kuria in a Dubai hospital.

Uhuru paid the bill when he visited Kuria at the world-class facility known as American Hospital Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

He told him he had come to wish him well and not to play politics.

The President told the ailing legislator that he would clear the bill since the MPs medical insurance has a maximum of Sh10 million.

Kuria, sources revealed, had incurred over Sh30 million in hospital bill and was finding it difficult to pay.

Uhuru, who is represented in parliament by Kuria, told the MP his gesture of paying the bill was not meant to make him change his political stand which was his democratic right.

The President visited Kuria at the facility where he was recuperating after undergoing a seventh successive surgery.

The outspoken lawmaker sought further treatment in Dubai after a series of other surgeries in the country.

The MP suffered third-degree burns from an electric blanket which he bought for Sh250,000 after getting a referral from a friend.

For close to a month, the lawmaker was struggling to get back to his feet, with his last option being to seek treatment at the world-class facility known as American Hospital Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The hospital is not just any other ordinary institution.

It has modern state-of-the-art facilities that attract world-powerful individuals including businessmen, politicians, and even celebrities.

The American Hospital Dubai is luxurious in such a way that the Middle East country has partnered with it to promote tourism.

People just visit the hospital for sightseeing the same way people visit national parks or game parks.

In terms of services, it offers the most effective, the most advanced medical care to people across the full spectrum of health conditions, through diagnosis, treatment, and management.

Most of its services are offered on an appointment basis.

It is the pioneer hospital that launched a helipad in the facility where patients can even book to be picked by their fleet of airplanes.

The services they offer are just so welcoming. It has a unit that specifically deals with special illness, another one that is fully dedicated to research and innovation, and a centre set aside for robotics.

The hospital prides itself to have performed the first-ever robotic-assisted surgery that helped a woman lose over 8kgs. 

Robotic-assisted weight loss surgery is a minimally invasive technique to general surgery with 3D imaging, tremor filter, and articulated instruments, making it superior to conventional laparoscopic surgery because of more improvements in visibility and manipulation.

Their lab is the first College of American Pathologists accredited laboratory in the United Arab Emirates since 2001 enjoying over 11 years of dominance.

Some of their excellent services at glance include the Total Joints Replacement Centre which is the first of its kind in the entire Middle East and one of the only four available in the world.

It also has a Heart Centre that is known for cardiac care and surgeries. It also has a cancer care unit that handles all forms of the disease and has been in operation since 2005.

The facility further offers a training centre where other medical professionals go to advance their skills.

Uhuru paid Kuria a visit when he attended the Gulf Cooperation Council-Kenya Business Forum.

Kuria later posed for a photo with Uhuru’s allies sparking speculations in the political scene that they could be closing ranks ahead of the August 9 General Election.

The Chama Cha Kazi Party Leader was photographed alongside Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) president who is also a Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant, Richard Ngatia.

All are close allies of the President.

Days earlier, Kuria was visited by Deputy President William Ruto who was accompanied by Kasparet MP Oscar Sudi.

A day after the visit, Kuria cleared the air after claims emerged that Ruto paid his hospital bill so as to get back his support.

The MP said Ruto did not offer him a penny contrary to claims made by top Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) blogger Disembe Dikembe that the lawmaker was using his small influence in Mt Kenya region to promote his personal interests.

The Chama Cha Kazi party leader laughed off Dikembe's claims of Ruto offsetting his hospital bill.

In his response, Kuria indirectly said he was not that broke to the extent that other people were now paying his bills.

He ridiculed the former ODM communication director joking that Uhuru-Raila-Ruto were all paying him for political support.

This came as a parliamentary committee launched an inquiry to establish the circumstances under which Kuria was hospitalised after an electric mat he purchased to cure numbness in his feet left him with serious burns.

The National Assembly Health Committee kicked off the investigations after Kuria petitioned it to probe medical products and devices including electric mats that are being promoted and sold in the country by M/S Ceragem Kenya Limited.

Committee Chairperson and Murang’a County Woman Representative Sabina Chege said the committee will invite the proprietors of the company who will be tasked to shed more light on the effectiveness of their devices.

Kuria who purchased the Sh250,000 mat through a friend suffered third degree burns and was first hospitalised at the Karen Hospital before flying to Dubai.

Kuria, among other things, is keen to know if the products and devices that are sold by Ceragem have been approved by both the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and how many outlets the company has in the country.

He also wants top Ministry of Health officials to explain, through the Committee, if they are aware that some of the products issued by Ceragem Limited’s mother company have been banned in the State of Texas in the United States of America for making false claims about their efficacy against cancer.

Chege committed to ensure that the Committee gets to the bottom of the matter and assured that once its investigations are complete, a solid report will be tabled before the House.


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