Kuria: If my post in Trade bothered you, brace yourself, I now coordinate all ministries

Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has warned his political opponents not to celebrate his transfer from the Ministry of Trade to the Ministry of Public Service, Performance and Delivery, saying his new role has a wider reach.

Speaking in Garissa County where he launched the construction of an industrial park, Mr Kuria used the occasion to warn people, who he did not name, against trying to get him sacked.

“I am now in charge of public service and performance and even if I could have been transferred to the gender ministry, I could have accepted the same and worked very well. I will work as hard as I did in the ministry before I left,” he said.

Hinting that there may be people close to the presidency who have reported him to President William Ruto, he warned them to prepare to report his achievements.

“For those who are celebrating that I have been moved from the Trade ministry, in the next six months they will be reporting my performance to the President who wants another reshuffle” he said.

Kuria said he would continue with his busy schedule of travelling around the country launching government projects and checking on the performance of civil servants.

“My friend, be ready. If it bothered you when I was only in charge of one ministry, what will you do now that I have to coordinate the performance of 22 ministries?” he asked.

Mr Kuria vowed to continue with his plans to launch the industrial parks across the country and promised to be in Vihiga County on Friday to do so.

“I will be in Vihiga no matter what because I want to see this dream come true,” he said.

He said despite the destruction from some quarters, he has done well in less than a year as CS for Trade.

“I am leaving the ministry with my head held high. I am a very proud and motivated person because I have started a dream that will change many lives,” he said in reference to his ongoing launch of industrial parks across the country.

Mr Kuria said he had no time for politicking.

“I was told the other day that I should not start such a project in Meru because of the political bickering there. I told them we can form two teams and mine will be about development while their team can continue to fight,” he said.

“I am moving to the new ministry with the same spirit of working for the people and not for individuals.

Mr Kuria said he would not be afraid to report a non-performing Cabinet Secretary to the President.

“To my fellow cabinet secretaries, I will not be afraid to report your poor performance to the boss,” he said.

Mr Kuria promised to streamline the civil service by ensuring that every civil servant is on their toes and delivering on their mandate.

“I have so many enemies, but I don’t care. Where I come from, we say the elephant must carry its tusks. No matter who or what comes for me, I will continue to carry out my duties,” he said.

He told the crowd that it was the President who asked him to move from Trade to the Ministry of Public Service and Performance.

“The President asked me to move to the new position and work with all my energy as I did in the old ministry,” he said.

Mr Kuria said he would now deal with lazy civil servants by advising those unwilling to work under him to apply for early retirement.

According to CS Kuria, at least 32 per cent of civil servants have less than five years to retire.

“If you feel that you cannot work under me, just come and we will agree that you retire early because we have many youths in these positions,” he said.

He added: “We want youths to be employed in our public service,” he said.

On ongoing government development projects, CS Kuria warned contractors that those who fail to deliver will be replaced by teams from the National Youth Service (NYS).

“Every contractor on a government project has to deliver but those who will fail then the NYS team is ready for the same job because I am now in charge,” he said.

He said there were more than enough youths who had graduated from the NYS and were ready to work for their nation.


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