Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria frantically sought to meet CORD leader Raila Odinga during the finals of the CECAFA match between Gor Mahia and Azam of Tanzania.
Kuria had sent emissaries to the CORD leader in what sources say is attempt to shore up his public image dented by accusations of hate-speech and ethnic incitement targeting members of the Luo community. Kuria maintains his comments have been taken out of context and wanted an opportunity to explain to the CORD leader the issue.
However, Raila is said to have declined to meet Kuria, saying he has nothing to do with him.
The distraught Kuria later lamented to friends that Mzee is becoming vengeful which is quite unlike his (Odinga’s) known persona.
Kuria has become visible in Gor circles, contributing handsomely to the club and players as well as hobnobbing with its supporters, majority who are Luo youths and who seem to have no problem with the legislator.
A Gor fan who declined to be named but who overheard Kuria discuss the issue later felt Mr. Odinga should have just met the Gatundu MP.
“When we call him Baba, it is because he alone can reach out to some of our fiercest critics. (Hon) Kuria has told us he didn’t mean any harm against luos and so Jakom had no justification refusing to meet him. Even if this was not the case, Kuria used to support Jaramogi (Raila’s father) against Moi,” said the distraught source.
Others claimed Gor Mahia is a club for all, including Jubilee supporters, saying Odinga lost an opportunity to be a statesman.
However, anti-Kuria supporters believe he is seeking Odinga for selfish reasons and should concentrate on his case.
This morning, Kuria opposed DPP’s application to cancel his bail, saying his case is being influenced by outside forces.
Gor lost the match.