Outspoken Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua has made it clear she has absolutely no intention to support Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bidany time soon.
This is despite the former gubernatorial candidate having supported Uhuru Kenyatta’s second presidential bid in 2017 when Ruto was the running mate on the Jubilee party .
In an interview with K24 on Sunday, August 11, night, Karua who unsuccessfully vied for the presidency in 2013 before trying her luck in Kirinyaga gubernatorial race pitting her against Anne Mumbi Waiganjo, previously Anne Waiguru, said the man from Sugoi has no reputation to admire.
“He (William Ruto) does not have a very good record; not one to admire,” she said, citing numerous past corruption scandals in which the DP was implicated in.
Karua, however, does not have a problem supporting former prime minister and Opposition chief Raila Odinga for the top seat should he decide to run.
“If I have to choose between Raila and Ruto, I would go with Raila without thinking twice about it,” she said.
The former minister for justice also felt Ruto could have had an hand in her political woes in Kirinyaga where she has been fighting Governor Mumbi’s poll victory, insisting the election rigged by the Jubilee party, which interestingly her Narc Kenya party sided with in 2017.
“I believe there were malpractices and that was why Supreme Court nullified the election. Elements in Jubilee government rigged the election. Jubilee rigged the elections big time. They rigged our candidates out. They did not play fair,” Karua said.
Her many attempts to have Governor Mumbi’s 2017 win nullified by court suffered a major blow when Supreme Court delivered what many considered the last nail in the coffin as far as her election petition was concerned.
For some, Karua lost both at the ballot and in court, and therefore she should just accept and move on. But for the Iron lady, she did not lose the election; justice was not served in court; and the battle is far from over. “I did not get justice at the court but Aluta continua (the struggle continues). The journey to success is long and wi(n)ding,” she said shortly after Supreme Court judge Isaac Lenaola read the ruling on behalf of other judges on August 6, 2019.