I still have the en­ergy to lead Kenyans as pres­i­dent – Karua

She says she may join hands with Wiper to im­ple­ment her party man­i­festo

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - ERNEST CORNEL @OduorErnest

Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua has said she will make a sec­ond stab at the pres­i­dency, but does not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of join­ing Cord.

She said when elec­tion time comes, her party will make strate­gic de­ci­sions to win seats.

“Fall­ing is nor­mal but I am still en­er­getic to lead Kenyans,” Karua said. The strate­gic de­ci­sions have been viewed as a for­ma­tion of an al­liance sim­i­lar to Narc, which ended Kanu’s four-decade rule and brought Pres­i­dent Mwai Kibaki to power in 2002.

Karua said her party man­i­festo is al­most sim­i­lar to that of Wiper, an af­fil­i­ate of Cord. She said she might join hands with them to im­ple­ment it.

Karua said Wiper ag­i­tates for gen­der equal­ity in elec­tions, nom­i­na­tions and ap­point­ments.

“A party that will not give women an op­por­tu­nity should not be voted for,” she said. Karua said Ju­bilee promised to en­sure gen­der equal­ity but has failed.

Wiper sec­re­tary gen­eral Has­san Omar said Cord wants Karua, ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi, Kanu chair­man Gideon Moi and Meru Gov­er­nor Peter Munya to join the op­po­si­tion and fight Ju­bilee.

The two spoke on Satur­day dur­ing a public lec­ture on ‘Mo­bil­i­sa­tion with­out Eman­ci­pa­tion: Women and Pol­i­tics in Kenya’ at the Re­nais­sance Cen­tre in Mom­basa, where Karua was the key speaker.

The former Jus­tice min­is­ter sup­ported Cord leader Raila Odinga’s call to have the re­jected two-thirds gen­der rule Bill passed. She said de­spite Cord MPs fail­ing to pass it, Raila made an ex­tra ef­fort to have it passed.

She said Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta did not mo­bilise Ju­bilee leg­is­la­tors, de­spite hav­ing pow­ers to in­flu­ence their de­ci­sion. Karua said Uhuru does not want women to get more seats, but Raila does.

She said she will join forces with politi­cians who treat women fairly. Karua said she wants to bring change and send home the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment, which she re­ferred to as cor­rupt.

/MONICAH MWANGI

Kakamega Sen­a­tor Boni Khal­wale, Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, rights ac­tivist John Githongo, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Ford Kenya’s Moses We­tang’ula and Okoa Kenya Com­mit­tee of Ex­perts chair­man Paul Mwangi walk to the IEBC of­fices on Novem­ber 9, 2015

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