Martha Karua Triggers Reactions With 2007 Elections Remark

  • Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua during an interview on KTN's Point Blank.
    Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua during an interview on KTN's Point Blank.
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  • NARC-Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua stated that she would not apologise for representing former President Mwai Kibaki in the 2007 General Elections after a section of Kenyans dragged her name into the Post Election Violence (PEV) cases. 

    Karua defended herself from the cases which were reopened by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti on Monday, November 23. 

    Karua advocated for justice for the victims and cautioned critics from relating her with the cases on the basis that she was Kibaki's agent at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). 

    The centre was used by the then Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK), now Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as a vote-tallying centre. 

    Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti addresses the media on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
    Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti addresses the media on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
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    "The men who invited their followers to murder, plunder and create mayhem as a means to power bear the responsibility for PEV. You cannot erase history by using my name to cleanse them, nor can you intimidate or stop me by shouting your false narratives.

    "Absolutely no apologies for being Kibaki’s agent at KICC, a tallying centre where Raila Odinga (ODM leader) had Orengo James (Siaya Senator) as his agent. I do not need forgiveness from anyone nor will I ever seek any for being his agent and supporter then," Karua tweeted. 

    She added that the Kriegler Report found that there was vote exaggeration by both Odinga and Kibaki’s supporters at some polling stations but not at the KICC where she was based. 

    A section of Kenyans condemned Karua, arguing that she was part of the controversial General Election. 

    Others, such as lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi defended her, stating that she performed her role diligently. The Senior Counsel added that critics would always seek for people's shortcomings and failures to heap blame on. 

    In a past interview with K24 TV, Karua alleged that Kibaki used and dumped her and also refuted assertions that she was the closest Cabinet Minister to Mwai Kibaki.

    She disclosed that she fell apart with Kibaki after she declined to be part of a scheme to pay Anglo Leasing fraudulent contracts.

    “All that work I did for him, and yet there was the consistent undermining of my ministry after seeing I could not do some things. Yes, he held me in high regards but only to the extent of holding my hands to do his errands," Karua lamented.

    President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga shake hands as Former UN Secretary General applauds in this January 26, 2008
    President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga shake hands as Former UN Secretary General applauds in this January 26, 2008
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