Kenyan former Justice Minister Martha Karua to vie for Governorship again

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After failing to capture Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat in central Kenya during the 2017 elections, former Justice Minister Martha Karua is eyeing to unseat the incumbent Governor Anne Waiguru.

“I am not done with Presidency and one day I will run again for the seat but for now my calling is to serve Kirinyaga because of the problems I have seen the people face like lack of drugs in hospitals,” she said during an interview in a local television on Monday.

On amending the country’s Constitution via the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), the former MP maintained her initial stand that Kenyans do not need a referendum.

Her comments on the popular initiative came as the Court of Appeal is expected to issue its ruling after BBI proponents appealed the May 13, 2021, High Court ruling.

The High Court judges nullified the process terming it unconstitutional.

According to Karua, despite the verdict from the Appellant court, the case will proceed to the Supreme Court.

“The judgement by the Court of Appeal on Friday is important to Kenyans but whichever judgement is given, this case will end at the Supreme Court because for us who believe BBI should be stopped, we expect the Court of Appeal will give its judgement as did the High Court,” she said.

Last week, Karua, former agriculture minister Mwangi Kiunjuri, and MP Moses Kuria held a press conference and agreed to unite the vote-rich Mt. Kenya region.

Wrangles among the politicians from the region threatened to split it ahead of the 2022 elections. A section of Mt. Kenya East leaders had announced plans to form their party.

Mt. Kenya West leaders are also divided, with some supporting Deputy President William Ruto, and some have rallied behind former Raila Odinga.

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