Review on course, Karua says

September 11, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, September 11 – Constitutional Affairs Minister Martha Karua has said her presidential ambitions will not affect her job of spearheading the constitution review process.

Saying she was focussed and able to juggle both tasks objectively, the Minister stated that she had merely given a notice of intention to the public and was yet to begin her presidential campaigns.

“I’m not campaigning; when I do, I will let you know. As of now I ensure that I do the work that I must do on behalf of the public,” Karua explained.

In the recent past Imenti Central Member of Parliament (MP) Gitobu Imanyara and Former Kikuyu MP Paul Muite had raised concerns that Karua’s declared ambitions would derail the review process.

Speaking at a meeting with media representatives, Karua remained optimistic that a new constitution would be in place by November 2009.

She said it was important for the law to be enacted to allow for the necessary reforms in government institutions, which currently face a confidence crisis. 

Karua said: “We are giving ourselves time to renew our institutions way ahead of another election so that there is a level playing field.”

She had earlier said she expected two Bills setting out the roadmap for a new constitution would be passed in Parliament by November.

The two laws are the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill and the Constitution of Kenya Review Bill, 2008, which will establish the necessary organs for completion of the review process.

Meanwhile the presidential hopeful stepped up her 2012 bid by officially launching her campaign website on Wednesday.

“The purpose of this website is marketing and introducing the product Martha Karua for 2012,” shed added.

The website outlines her political career which Karua says will let Kenyans get to know her better.

Speaking at the launch attended by NARC Kenya officials and supporters, Karua told off sceptics who have said she will not weather the presidential race.

“I don’t do trial runs. I’m in it to the finish. I don’t have time for those cynics am to busy telling Kenyans why I deserve to lead them,” Karua told her critics.


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