Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has accepted his recent removal as Vice Chairperson of the Transport, Infrastructure, Public Works and Housing Committee in the National Assembly saying he has no regrets over his time of service.
Kuria, in the letter to newly appointed House Majority Whip Emmanuel Wangwe, thanked the Jubilee Party for the opportunity to serve in the role stating that he is proud of the reforms he initiated during his tenure.
The legislator cited the Kenya Roads Board Amendment Bill among some of the reforms saying it paved the way for issuance of off-balance sheet market instruments to finance road infrastructure.
He also claimed to have led the process of reform of the Merchant Shipping Act to pave way for the Public-Private Partnership in the Maritime Sector and create tens of thousands of jobs in the industry despite.
“Kenya Airways is on its deathbed. During my tenure in the leadership of the committee, we initiated the reform process for the entire aviation sector that would have seen the creation of the Kenya Aviation Holdings Group (ICAHG) that would have merged Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Airways, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and other publicly owned enterprises in the Aviation Sector,” he said.
“Despite frustrations from deeply vested and entrenched interests in this sector, we managed to push through our report which is now gathering dust in government bureaucracy. With my exit. I trust that public interest will prevail over individual gain and that the report will be implemented without further delay.”
The Gatundu South MP also stated that the committee, under his leadership, provided every piece of legislation brought before them by the Executive to support the Affordable Housing Programme, further that – before his ouster– he was leading efforts to put pressure on the State Department for Transport to settle pending bills for the operations of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
Kuria reiterated his earlier controversial statement that the Mt. Kenya region has been neglected in infrastructure development compared to the rest of the country by the Jubilee government.
“Despite the suffering that this position has caused me in some quarters, I leave this committee with a smile when I look at the current ongoing initiatives…As I exit the committee, I pray and hope that the light will shine on the dilapidated roads network,” he added.
“I have no regrets… I hand back the position with humility but with my head high. I thank the party for giving me an opportunity to serve and make a difference in the lives of Kenyans.”
Kuria was among 16 MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto who were last week notified of their removal from various House committees by new Majority Whip and Navakholo MP Wangwe.
Others included MPs Joyce Chepkoech (Labour and Social Welfare Committee), Robert Pukose (Energy Committee) and Cornelly Serem (Trade, Industry and Co-operative Committee