I will run again – Karua eyes Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat
NARC Kenya party leader Martha Karua has announced that she will vie for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat during the 2022 general elections.
In an interview with a local TV station on Monday, August 16, Karua said she has not shelved her presidential ambitions adding that at the moment, the needs of the people of Kirinyaga are closer to her heart.
“I am not done with Presidency and one day I will run again for the seat but for now my calling is to serve Kirinyaga because of the problems I have seen the people face like lack of drugs in hospitals,” Karua said.
Weighing in on the clamor for constitutional change through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), Karua said the Friday 20 decision by the Court of Appeal on whether BBI is constitutional or not, Karua said the case will ultimately land at the Supreme Court.
“The judgement by the Court of Appeal on Friday is important to Kenyans but whichever judgement is given, this case will end at the Supreme Court because for us who believe BBI should be stopped, we expect the Court of Appeal will give its judgement as did the High Court,” the NARC Kenya party leader said.
Karua further stated that If the court goes against what the anti BBI proponents like herself expect, they shall still take another step and head to the Supreme Court.
“On the other hand, if the court stands with the High Court judgement those who believe BBI should go on will go to the Supreme Court after the judgement is given,” Karua said.
"We have time to go to supreme court on BBI matters but no time for referendum. As Kenyans we should come together and do campaigns to tell off anyone who tries to take us to a referendum,” she added.
On the preparedness by Kenya’s electoral body to run next year’s general election, Karua said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is not ready to conduct the polls.
“"IEBC is not ready to conduct elections. Article 10 of the Kenyan constitutions says Kenyans should be given time to render their views through Public Participation. I have not seen IEBC organize a seating with Kenyans or election stakeholders to discuss 2022 elections,” Karua said.
“Now IEBC should come clean and tell us why Kenyan elections are expensive than elections in other countries. We shall write to the commission and tell them they are going against the constitution,” she added.