IN SHORT: Moses Kuria is a controversial politician. But he remains in president William Ruto's cabinet, despite false claims to the contrary.
In September 2022 Kenyan politician Moses Kuria was appointed cabinet secretary for trade and investments by president William Ruto.
But he has had a controversial tenure, culminating in a top US envoy reportedly refusing to meet with him in July.
In September 2023, he told Kenyans that fuel prices would continue to rise sharply every month until next year, which was seen as being insensitive to public concerns about the rising cost of living.
He later apologised, albeit tongue-in-cheek. “I am made to now understand that the price will come down. I apologise profusely since to err is human,” reads part of his post on X.
On 5 October Ruto reshuffled his cabinet, moving Kuria to the ministry of Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management.
Importantly, he is still in the cabinet and can only be dismissed by the president.
We searched for any official communication from Ruto or State House spokesperson Hussein Mohammed about Kuria's dismissal, but found none. An October 2023 cabinet memo instead referred to his new physical office.
In addition, we could not find any reports of the dismissal from credible media sources.
Reports of Kuria's dismissal are therefore false.
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