Martha Karua suffers a huge blow ahead of Raila’s planned mass action
Martha Karua’s bid to counter President William Ruto’s UDA party in her own Kirinyaga backyard suffered a major setback after leaders affiliated to her party changed tune and supported Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s move to unite the Mount Kenya region.
In a press conference, former Kirinyaga county deputy governor Peter Ndambiri proclaimed that Mt Kenya leaders will throw their weight behind deputy president Rigathi Gachagua’s unity bid.
He said that the campaign period is over and that they now firmly behind the deputy president as he seeks to unite the Mt Kenya region going forward. Jubilee party secretary general Jeremiah Kioni also made similar remarks during the presser.
This comes as her Azimio
leader Raila Odinga called for mass action set to kick-off on Wednesday.
Mr Odinga yesterday repeated his calls for rallies to “resist the capture and emasculation of key institutions,” accusing President William Ruto’s government of “taking a machete to hack and mutilate the Constitution.”
The rallies are also intended to show support for four top officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), who are facing removal through a tribunal formed by the President.
Two parties in the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition – Jubilee and Kanu – said they would not be part of the rallies called by Mr Odinga while Wiper officials were non-committal.
Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni told the Saturday Nation that the party would not take part in the rallies that are to start at Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi on Wednesday.
“Jubilee does not advocate for chaos. It is not part of our agenda,” Mr Kioni said.
He, however, added that the former ruling party is solidly in Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition.
“Jubilee is in Azimio, but that does not stop us from pushing our party’s agenda. We will support the government of the day and correct it on behalf of Kenyans,” Mr Kioni said.
Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat also told the Saturday Nation that the party feels left out on key issues in the alliance and would not be part of the mass action.
“We will not support that. We would love to but our treatment in the coalition does not allow us to do that,” Mr Salat said.