, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – Famed for her unbending political backbone, NARC Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua on Thursday appeared to be waking up to the political realities of the day in the acknowledgement that her bid for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat could be compromised by perceptions of her ‘political correctness’.
And so it was that on Thursday, she sought to impress upon Kirinyaga voters that a vote for her did not translate into a betrayal of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
And despite belonging to different political parties, she said, they were no longer in direct competition as was the case in 2013 when they both contested the Presidency.
“It is okay to vote me Governor in NARC Kenya and vote the President in Jubilee. There is no contradiction.”
Karua who has on several occasions been seen in the company of opposition leader Raila Odinga in calling out President Kenyatta’s administration also sought to make clear that they were not, figuratively speaking, bed fellows.
“I’m not a member of any alliance,” she said in a clarification that cuts both ways, “even when we worked as opposition we always emphasised that NARC Kenya was a friend of the opposition. We never joined any coalition and NARC Kenya already made a decision to go to the polls as NARC Kenya. So we’re not,” she underscored, “part of any alliance.”
On Satuday, speaking in Nyeri, Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly and Jubilee Party stalwart Aden Duale cautioned her that unless she humbled herself and swore fealty to President Kenyatta and his Jubilee Party, she hasn’t a hope of securing an elective post in Central Kenya.