CS Moses Kuria Hits Out at Gachagua’s One-Man One-Shilling Declaration

Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has resurrected his fallout with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua following the latter’s support for the one-man one-vote one-shilling policy.

On Monday, the deputy president told a congregation that the policy was the only way to ensure an equitable share of resources by the government.

Kuria, who has been in support of the policy for a while, seemingly read malice in the declaration arguing that the Mt Kenya region was well represented in the government’s top echelon.

In fact, he revealed that more than nine leaders had been appointed to the Cabinet and leadership positions in Parliament and were better placed to spearhead the rollout of the policy.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua speaking in Embu County on Sunday, May 12, 2024.


This is why I will not lie to the people of Mt Kenya region about one man one vote one shilling. Our region has produced the sitting Deputy President, 9 Cabinet members (Including AG (Attorney General), National Treasury, and Secretary to the Cabinet), Majority Leader, Chair Budget and Chair Finance In the National Assembly, Deputy Speaker, and Deputy Majority Leader in the Senate,” Kuria stated.

“What other powers would we be looking for? We are a government and we can implement One Man, One Vote, One Shilling by Friday if we are serious. Let us be honest with our people.”

In his support, Rigathi had justified that Mt Kenya was among the most populous regions in the country and held the most votes.

For instance, he argued that the Ruiru area alone has 800,000 people and it was unfair to allocate the same resources as other least populated areas.

“In matters of revenue sharing, I firmly believe in one-man-one-vote-one-shilling. It’s a straightforward concept: the more people there are in an area, and the more taxes they contribute, the more funding they deserve to receive,” Gachagua stated.

“The push for this formula is not just about our region’s high population but because it is the right thing to do. We are committed to ensuring fairness in the sharing of national revenue.”

In November 2019, Kuria had advocated for the one-vote, one-shilling formulae and reiterated that it was one of the conditions for him to support the then Building Bridges Initiative.

“We will strongly support the BBI report if it assures us of one man, one vote, one shilling and we will strongly support the BBI report if it reduces the burden of representation and the burden of big government,” Gachagua stated at the time.

The two leaders had for the better part of last year squabbled over the Mt Kenya kingpin status.

In November last year, Gachagua intimated that he and Kuria fell out after he (Gachagua) supported Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi for the top county job in the buildup to the 2022 general elections.

At the time, Kuria was also vying to be Kiambu Governor together with Patrick ‘Jungle’ Wainaina, Tujibebe Party Leader William Kabogo, and immediate former Governor James Nyoro.

Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria speaking during the kicking off of Government roadshows on January 9, 2023.


Moses Kuria

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