DICTATORSHIP

Electing all leaders from one party should be discouraged — Karua

Says Kenyans should be free to support any political outfit and people with integrity

In Summary

•Karua has differed with Deputy President William Ruto’s call for residents to elect candidates affiliated with the UDA party.

•She has urged residents to shun supporting forces championing one party practice.

Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua
Image: GERALD MUTETHIA

Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua has differed with Deputy President William Ruto’s call to voter to elect all UDA candidates.

“Electing candidates from one party for all positions should be discouraged. Many people had won seats and gone to Parliament riding on popular parties, not because they merited it,” she said.

“We should be free to support any party and people with integrity.” 

Karua said one-party leadership will enhance dictatorship urging residents to shun supporting forces championing one party practice.

“Merger of parties has led to the collapse and infighting in Jubilee. If MCAs, MPs, governors and the president are in one party it will create a dictatorship,” she said.

Karua said if Kenya was a business entity it would have been auctioned because of corruption. 

“If measures are not put to curb the vice, the economy will continue deteriorating to a point of no revival,” she said.

Karua spoke in Meru during a meet-the-people tour of at Maua.

She deliberated with delegates from various political parties.

“Kenyans should equally receive services irrespective of where one comes from and embrace multi-party politics,” Karua said.

The Mt Kenya Unity Forum spokesperson said Meru, Kirinyaga, Embu and Kikuyu must be united as they shared cultural and other ties. 

“I and Mt Kenya East spokesman Justin Muturi and others were working to ensure we fight for the rights of citizens. I work for you even more than those currently serving,” she said

Former National Cohesion and Integration Commission member Gitile Naituli said Karua is a clean leader and pleaded with Kenyans to identify and elect incorruptible people.

Grassroots leaders praised the former  Karua for her leadership qualities.

Jennifer Kathure said Karua had been a crusader against corruption, the type of leader the country needs to achieve economic development.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris