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Karua defends her absence during BBI ruling

Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 14:49 | By
Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya presidential running mate Martha Karua. PHOTO/File
Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya presidential running mate Martha Karua. PHOTO/File

Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua has defended her absence at the Supreme Court when the apex court nullified the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.

Karua says that, on the ruling day, she was held up in a meeting with a Maendeleo ya Wanawake outfit in Machakos County.

The former Gichugu MP however said that she was keenly following the Supreme Court proceedings via various online media outlets.

“I did not attend Supreme Court to listen to the ruling because I was meeting over 1000 women from Maendeleo ya Wanawake group,” she told her followers at a Kerugoya town hotel.

She also defended her political relationship with the Azimio la Umoja movement saying its manifesto is not in any way related to the BBI report.

She noted that she decided to support Azimio coalition under the leadership of Raila Odinga due to the 10-points agenda fronted by the movement which she says is in sync with her political party’s ideology adding that none of the points touches on the BBI.

It is worth noting that many of the leaders under the Azimio la Umoja were strong proponents of the constitutional amendment process while Karua was an opponent and a petitioner in the matter.

She says her stance on the protection of the constitution has not changed despite joining Azimio as she reiterated that many of the emotive proposals can still be amended without taking the country through a referendum.

She dared those who thought otherwise of her political decision to respectfully challenge her publicly by use of facts and not insults

Though not dismissing her presidential running mate bid, the ‘Iron lady’ noted that she was still in the race for the Kirinyaga top seat.

She is likely to face the incumbent Governor Ann Waiguru, and Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici among others.

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