I want to be a governor, not Ruto’s running mate, says Karua

Former Kenya’s Minister of Justice Martha Karua has distanced herself from William Ruto’s running mate proposals during the 2022 polls.

Deputy President’s supporters have been guessing that the second in command might choose Karua as his running mate in his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In an interview with a local television on Wednesday, the Narc Kenya party leader said she would not accept any offer to join the deputy president in his presidential bid.

She maintained she would vie for Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat, eyeing to unseat the incumbent Anne Waiguru, who floored her in 2017 polls.

"I have said this time and time again, my only political interests are to run for the gubernatorial seat of Kirinyaga County. I have no interest in being Ruto's running mate. I won that seat in 2017 but my victory was stolen and that's why I want to serve my people. If God gives me more years, I still would want to be President in the future," said Karua.

She went ahead and called for unity among the Mt. Kenya leaders as 2022 draws near.

"We need to plan ourselves. As Mt. Kenya leaders, we cannot wait for others to draw up their game plan while we sit around. If we don't plan, others will plan ahead of us," she added.

At the same time, she blasted the President for sidelining leaders from Mt. Kenya in State House meetings with the opposition leaders.

“It is peculiar how the President has not been inviting Mt. Kenya leaders to his recent Mombasa meetings. I think the President wants to make sure that no Mt. Kenya leader is on the table in order to intimidate them and later extend his political interest of being the region's preferred political leader when he comes out of office next year," she claimed.

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