Moses Kuria Biographies

Moses Kiarie Kuria is a Kenyan politician and the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for public service, performance and delivery management having been appointed by President William Ruto, and successfully vetted by the 13th Parliament of Kenya. He was sworn in on 27 October 2022 as the new CS for Investments, Trade and Industry replacing Betty Maina.

Early Life and Education

Moses Kuria was born on February 19, 1971 at his rural home and started school at Githuya Primary School in Gatundu completing his primary education in 1983. Moses Kuria proceeded to pursue his secondary education at Ituru Secondary School sitting for his exams in 1987. He joined Thika High School for his A-Levels in 1988. Mr Kuria was later admitted at University of Nairobi where he pursued a Bachelor of Commerce graduating in 1993. While at the University he was the treasurer of the Students Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) which served a prelude tohis entry into politics.

Moses Kuria Career

Moses Kuria started his career as a banker, working as a Chief Operating Officer at the Standard Chartered Bank between 1995 and 1999. He then moved to Saudi Arabia to work for Al Rajhi Bank – the largest Islamic bank in the world. As a banker on Saudi Arabia, Moses Kuria teamed up with colleagues in the Gulf region and set up a banking and financial sector consultancy firm called WAMAD International Company. He served as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The biography of Moses Kuria also shows that he joined then Minister for Trade Uhuru Kenyatta as his technical advisor on Trade matters. Moses Kuria first joined PNU Party under Mwai Kibaki as spokesman and director of programs before aligning himself with KANU Party leader Uhuru Kenyatta. He later moved to the Treasury after Uhuru was transferred to the National Treasury as a Minister for Finance. Kuria served as Uhuru’s technical advisor at the Treasury until 2013.

In 2014, Moses Kuria profile rose politically as he successfully contested for the Gatundu South Member of Parliament position in a by-election following the demise of the then MP Joseph Ngugi. He also defended the MP position for Gatundu South in 2017. In 2022, Moses Kuria vied for Kiambu governor seat in the General Election but lost. President William Ruto nominated him as Trade CS after Kenya Kwanza rose to power.

On 27 September 2022, he was appointed as Cabinet secretary for Investments, Trade and Industry. At this time, it looked like President William Ruto was rewarding his loyal supporters who played a key role in his campaigns. In the October 2023 reshuffle, he was moved to the public service portfolio and was replaced as trade minister by Rebecca Miano.

Moses Kuria’s Family

Moses Kuria is married to Joyce Njambi with whom they have two boys. Kuria and Njambi met while working as colleagues at Al Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia.

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