, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 – Gichugu Member of Parliament Martha Karua has officially launched her candidacy for the 2012 presidential elections.
Ms Karua, who is the NARC Kenya chairperson, has been vocal about her desire to run for the country\’s top seat, and finally confirmed her pursuit for the presidency.
The Gichugu MP, who was first elected to Parliament in 1992, mentioned food security, IDP\’s, corruption and education as some of the key issues she will tackle if elected.
"I want to change the conversations on a national and local level, and move beyond the rhetoric into crafting real answers to the issues we face. Kenya is a country with serious problems, and needs serious people to step up to the plate," said Ms Karua.
Though she has not chosen a running mate, she acknowledged Water Minister Charity Ngilu, Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathaai and President Ellen Johnson of Liberia as her inspirations to make her decision to run.
"Their courage, the successes and challenges they faced continue to be valuable lessons that I have taken on as I embark on this journey," Ms Karua said.
She said that she is aware of the challenges she is likely to face as a female candidate but expressed optimism of overcoming them to become Kenya\’s fourth President
"It is hard enough to run for President of a country, but it is even harder to run as a woman. Women are the backbone of any home and society. Elect a woman to be President of Kenya and you will see what commitment to a country and its citizenry looks like," she added.
Ms Karua would become Kenya\’s first female President if elected in next year\’s polls.