Is Moses Kuria Just A Pawn? Here's Why

Gatundu South MP, Moses  Kuria. PHOTO|FILE
He does not shy from controversy. In fact, he thrives on it. Meet the man whose remarks have got him into 'trouble' several times. He was recently released on a hefty cash bail after he was arrested for alleged hate speech. Moses Kuria always finds a way out and he knows it.

We ask several questions, drawing parallels from the famous book, The Prince, authored by Niccolo Machiavelli.

According to Machiavelli, political leaders should be allowed to deceive their subjects. The test of a politician is not how well he keeps his word, but whether he is perceived, to be honest.

It was not Machiavelli's goal to uphold morality, but to advise political leaders on the best way to strengthen their power. For him, the best way to remain in power is to tell the people what they want to hear—whether it is true or not.

“The prince must consider how to avoid those things which will make him hated or contemptible, and as often as he shall have succeeded he will have fulfilled his part, and he need not fear any danger in other reproaches.” Who needs a clean image here?

Because you sometimes have to act tough to maintain control, Machiavelli suggests that you find others to do your dirty work, let them take the blame, and save the good deeds for yourself so you can bask in the accolades:

“Princes ought to leave affairs of reproach to the management of others, and keep those of grace in their own hands.”

In 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, he states;
“Keep your hands clean: You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds. Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat's-paws to disguise your involvement.”

Moses Kuria was elected unopposed to the position after it was announced vacant following the demise of Hon. Joseph (Jossy) Ngugi who was the former MP. Unlike his predecessor, Kuria was not elected but was directly appointed by IEBC, following withdrawal from the race by other candidates like Kiarie Kamere who many tipped to be likely to win.
Rumours suggested Mr. Kuria was a favorite in the higher power circles.

The Interesting thing is that this law applies in all politics, whether ruling side or in the opposition.

Is he just a pawn?

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