, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – NARC Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua on Wednesday said she would not heed calls to “fold up” in favour of the Jubilee Party after she was reported as having endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid.
On Citizen TV’s Cheche show, Karua said to do so would be, in her opinion, an affront to gains of multi-party democracy so hard fought and would heedlessly limit the options available to Kenyans.
“Britain for the longest (time) had two main political parties, the Labour party and the Conservatives. The Liberals took so long to emerge yet now, they dominate Scotland.
UKIP (UK Independence Party) has just come from nowhere. What the world is telling us when you look at South Africa, when you look at the West, is that there is need for people to have a broad range of choices which will satisfy their needs.
NARC Kenya is there to offer that democratic space to the people considering that we fought for so long, to bring this country back to multiparty.”
Karua also sought to clarify that while the Kirinyaga branch of NARC Kenya has chosen to back President Kenyatta’s re-election bid, she as an individual had made no such declaration.
“The branch of Kirinyaga has already made it clear to me, and many other branches in Mount Kenya area, that their decision is to support President Uhuru Kenyatta which decision I have no quarrel with but as a party leader, I should be hesitant to make any statement that takes away the choice of the other branches and I’m going to respect that, I’m not going to agree to be boxed in.”
That being said, she questioned why an endorsement of President Kenyatta should be viewed as an abandonment of her ideals.
“Uhuru in 2007 was with Raila in the Orange Movement before it became a party and they defeated us as Government in the referendum of 2005 as the Orange when we were advocating for Banana. Towards the election, he makes a choice, comes and joins Kibaki not joining his party but supporting and I suppose his actions must have been informed by his voter base and many other considerations. This is not a new thing. In life, in politics in business and even in professions, decisions must always be strategic.”
And though she insisted that her position on the question of who she’ll back in the 2017 race for President remained “wait and see” it could be argued that her own words in the above statement, ‘betray her.’