Karua, Uhuru hug as President tours Kirinyaga


Narc Kenya leader, Martha Karua, was at hand to receive President Uhuru Kenyatta during his tour of Kirinyaga County on Tuesday, November 29.

Karua met President Kenyatta at Kerugoya as the Head of State makes his first visit since Karua dropped her presidential bid in his favour.

The tough-spoken Karua, a once fierce critic of the Jubilee administration, was all smiles when receiving the President and his deputy, William Ruto.

The meeting could mean a lot for the Kirinyaga Gubernatorial seat contest that has attracted several key figures including Karua and former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru and the incumbent, John Ndathi.

Waiguru was also present affirming her political ambitions even as her chemistry with the Jubilee administration remains shaky with widening division over her alleged involvement in the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal where the country lost over Ksh 1.6 billion.

While President Kenyatta’s faction has remained silent on whether she should be prosecuted or not, Ruto’s faction led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, want her charged with abuse of office and presiding over the loss of millions of shilling at the NYS.

Less than a month ago, Karua shelved her presidential bid but denied expressly endorsing President Kenyatta’s re-election.

She said that the people of Kirinyaga had spoken and that she would not dictate to them or any other county on the candidate they should vote for in the 2017 presidential election.

Upon meeting at Kerugoya town, President Kenyatta and Karua hugged warmly, a possible sign of things to come.

“My sister, how are you?” greeted the President. “Yeah, I’m right here,” replied Karua. The two went on to hug, a sign of unity and togetherness.

Another Presidential hopeful, Peter Kenneth, dropped his bid and equally backed the re-election of President Kenyatta saying that he will contest for a gubernatorial seat in either Nairobi, Murang’a or Nakuru County. All indications, however, point to a possible contest in Nairobi where he will battle it out with the incumbent, Dr Evans Kidero.

He went ahead to resign from the Kenya National Congress (KNC), a party he used to contest for the presidency in 2013.

Will the President Kenyatta – Karua meet become a game changer in Kirinyaga? It’s a wait-and-see situation.

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Story By Koome Kimonye
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