Investments, Trade, and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria sparked online reactions when he humorously claimed to be the “acting President” in the absence of President William Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, who were all away on official trips. During a speech at the University of Eldoret on Friday, Kuria playfully suggested that he held the most influential position in the country while the three leaders were abroad.
At the end of his address, the outspoken CS asked the students if they wanted to send their regards to the trio, saying, “Do you want me to send greetings to the president, his deputy, and Musalia Mudavadi? President Ruto is in the United States, Riggy G is in Colombia, Musalia is in London, and I’m the one sitting here…thank you.”
It’s important to note that despite Kuria’s jests, the law does not officially recognize him as the person in charge when these three leaders are out of the country. According to the Constitution, the Speaker of the National Assembly takes precedence in such situations, followed by the Attorney General. In the current administration, Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki would be the most powerful CS after Mudavadi.