Karua backers reach out to Uhuru

March 20, 2013 2:09 pm
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Led by former Naivasha MP Jane Kihara, the members said they had no problem joining the Jubilee Alliance if approached/FILE
Led by former Naivasha MP Jane Kihara, the members said they had no problem joining the Jubilee Alliance if approached/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – A section of NARC Kenya members said on Wednesday they were ready to join the Jubilee Alliance which is led by President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

Led by former Naivasha MP Jane Kihara, the members said they had no problem joining the Jubilee Alliance if approached, contrary to their leader Martha Karua who had announced last week that she was not keen on joining any coalition.

Through their representative Ndegwa Njiru, they leaders wished Kenyatta and Ruto well in their service to the country.

“It is in this respect that we wish to congratulate His Excellency the President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his most able deputy William Ruto on their most deserved win,” Njiru said.

Speaking at a press briefing at a Nairobi hotel, the group said their support for Kenyatta was an indication of political maturity.

“We went to the ballot on March 4, 2013 whereby some of us won and other lost,” Njiru said.

They urged the rest of NARC Kenya members to support Kenyatta’s government for the benefit of entire nation and the party.

The leaders attributed their loss to lack of enough support from the party.

“When preparing to vie for a particular seat, you must prepare yourself but still you need much support from the party but we never got support from Narc Kenya. That was the last kick we expected from the party,” Kihara reiterated.

They warned that the party faced isolation from active participation of nation building.

“It has been said no man is an island, hence the need to accommodate others views, strengths, weaknesses and be able to work with them in all aspects,” Njiru expressed.

Njiru who was Narc Kenya candidate in Gichugu constituency but lost to The National Alliance party candidate Ejidious Barua, who garnered 22,201 votes against his 1,841. Barua was followed by Nairobi lawyer Robert Gichimu of GNU who got 17,450 votes.

The party lost in all parliamentary, senatorial and gubernatorial seats it contested while its presidential candidate came sixth in the presidential poll. Karua was beaten by among others late comer Mohammed Dida.

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