Karua’s de­ci­sion to back Uhuru shows she still plays tribal

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Martha Karua’s de­ci­sion to en­dorse Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion brings into fo­cus her sin­cer­ity, or in­sin­cer­ity. Since the Ju­bilee coali­tion came to power, she has been in the op­po­si­tion, from where she has crit­i­cised run­away cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment. She now says, Pres­i­dent Uhuru is com­mit­ted to fight­ing graft. What has in­formed her turn­around on this ad­min­is­tra­tion? Is it be­cause she wants to win the Kirinyaga gov­er­nor race? She does not de­serve the ti­tle the Iron Lady any more be­cause she has dis­ap­pointed many Kenyans who had al­ways thought that she was a dif­fer­ent breed of politi­cian. Many thought she would be counted as a sober politi­cian who can stand by her prin­ci­ples. By her hav­ing to back Uhuru so that she can stand in Kirinyaga, it shows she is still a tribal politi­cian. She knows she needs Uhuru and not the other way round. It is ob­vi­ous she doesn’t want to be as­so­ci­ated with Raila.

BEN­JAMIN BULA Nairobi

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