A TV interview meant to discuss the consequences of the recent tax rise on petroleum products turned personal after Gatundu South Moses Kuria and former Senator Bonny Khalwale turned against each other.
Mr Kuria and Mr Khalwale were two of the three panelists in the Citizen TV talk show on Tuesday night that was moderated by Hussein Mohammed .
It started off well but, towards the end, turned into a mudslinging match as the two politicians aired each other’s dirty linen in front of the cameras.
At some point, host Mohammed tried to abruptly end the show after he failed to control Mr Kuria who kept on disrupting Mr Khalwale.
In his last contribution, Mr Khalwale suggested his fellow politician was not sober.
Here is an excerpt of the discussion.
Moses Kuria: In May 2016, the price of petrol was Sh84. Before this VAT (increase), it was Sh116. That is (translates to) a 39-percent increase. What was driving that? The crude price increase. How come we are not demonstrating against (international fuel supplier) OPEC, the people who raise the price of crude? Now the government wants to raise not 39-percent but 16-percent.
Khalwale: (While facing Kuria) “I want to appeal to you that society must be orderly. For good social order, you cannot expect fuel to cost less in Uganda when it is being lifted from Mombasa (Kenya)…
Kuria: (Interjects) Because we are a developed country more than Uganda.
Hussein Mohammed: (To Moses Kuria): Let him (Khalwale) finish…
Moses Kuria: (Ignores Hussein) We are more developed than Uganda, our GDP is five times more than Uganda. You cannot compare us with Uganda…..
Khalwale: I wish we had put an alcoblow (alcohol-content testing machine) at the door before getting in.
Never to walk away from a verbal fight, Kuria responded with an outrageous attack that questioned Khalwale’s professionalism as a medical doctor.
This discussion continued on Twitter.
Boni Khalwale: To say that the prices of basic commodities are unaffected by 16% VAT is to assume they are made in the compounds of the consumers. There must always be a transportation cost #NewsNight
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) September 11, 2018
Thanks for watching me tonight. Somehow you got the point, si ndio? Even cool Alex Awiti and Abortion procurer Bonny Khalwale agreed taxes must be paid. Keep it real ma people!
— Moses Kuria (@HonMoses_Kuria) September 11, 2018
Khalwale called Moses Kuria an Omunyambi. In the Wanga kingdom, "omunyambi" used to stand next to the king and once the king could fart, they would apologize that it was them to shoulder the embarrassment of the king.. @UKenyatta is the king and
Moses Kuria the "omunyambi"
— Muthui Mkenya ??#PunguzaBeiYaMafuta ⛽ (@MuthuiMkenya) September 11, 2018
Of course Kenyans will choose to focus on non-issues such as Moses Kuria's sobriety(or lack of it) as opposed to all the points of information he pointed out. Khalwale was merely regurgitating all the popular stuff from twitter; unhelpful philosophical garbage
— Mark Usher (@StoneCold_sc) September 11, 2018