‘Uhuru Kenyatta Tosha’ – Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua declares
Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua has abandoned her presidential ambition in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 2017 re-election bid.
Karua, a fierce critic of the Jubilee government, made a u-turn saying that she respects President Kenyatta who even recognized her as a national hero during Mashujaa Day celebrations this year.
Speaking at Kianyaga Catholic Church in Gichugu Constituency, the 2013 presidential candidate stated that she has no affiliation to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), further clarifying that she has never joined the opposition coalition despite being a critic of the Jubilee administration.
“I am not a member of any alliance, even when we worked with the opposition, we always emphasized that Narc Kenya was a friend of the opposition,” said Karua.
The former presidential candidate, who was supportive of CORD’s push for the removal of commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), due to their apparent ineptitude to hold a free and fair election, insisted that Narc Kenya never joined any coalition.
“We will not be fielding any presidential candidate and that is the decision of Narc Kenya,” fired Karua.
Speaking exclusively to Citizen Digital last week, Karua said that she is ready to face off with the already interested parties among them former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru, Kirinyaga Central MP Joseph Gitari and Muriithi Kagai in the Kirinyaga gubernatorial position.
In a quick rejoinder, Mr Gitari welcomed Karua’s decision to support President Kenyatta, adding that he is ready to face off with her for the hotly contested seat.
Speaking to Citizen Digital from Parliament, Gitari also challenged Karua to dissolve Narc Kenya and join the newly formed Jubilee Party.
Karua’s announcement comes barely three months after Waiguru announced her interest to run for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat in 2017.
Waiguru, who made the announcement in Kirinyaga Town after receiving a golden membership certificate for joining President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) party, said she was ready to face off with Ndathi for the Jubilee Party ticket.
Despite having previously trained her sights on the Nairobi Governor’s seat after resigning from the Cabinet, sources close to the former Devolution CS indicate that she is currently testing the waters before settling on a running mate.
Reporting by Johnson Muriithi and Joseph Njane
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