Duale Comes Out Guns Blazing Over Karua's Rigging Claim

  • A section of Jubilee leaders on Monday came out and harshly criticised NARC -Kenya Party leader Martha Karua after she alleged that their party rigged the 2017 general elections.

    Reacting to Karua’s remarks during Sunday night interview on K24’s PunchLine show, Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale termed the claims as sheer lies.

    “The highest court in the land (Supreme Court) found there were malpractices in the presidential poll and I believe I was equally a victim as a candidate in Kirinyaga, because the IEBC was unable to offer crucial records demanded of them by the court,” Karua told host Anne Kiguta.

    But Duale further stated that NARC-K never protested to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission or filed a petition with the Supreme Court on the alleged rigging and electoral malpractices.

    “She lost to Governor Anne Mumbi (Waiguru) and must retire from politics graciously. She lacks the moral authority to discuss elections,” added Duale, adding that other losers in the region also claimed to have been rigged out in the Jubilee nominations.

    Former Jubilee Party vice chair David Murathe also dismissed Karua’s claims as sour grapes. He added that the NARC-K leader had previously won four times as MP and wondered why she was now protesting over her loss.

    “If the election was rigged, how come then Senator Charles Kibiru, who ran as an independent candidate was not rigged out?” he posed, saying Karua was simply seeking sympathy after exhausting court avenues to overturn the Kirinyaga governor poll outcome.

    Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August 2017 poll was subsequently voided by the Supreme Court on a split decision.

    Although Jubilee disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision, Uhuru and his running mate, William Ruto, agreed to participate in the October 2017 repeat poll boycotted by their main challenger, Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NaSA).

    In the interview, Karua did not spare retired President Mwai Kibaki, Uhuru, his deputy Ruto and Raila.

    She claimed Kibaki had used her to defend his controversial 2007 election win only to isolate her after securing victory.