Uhuru Kenyatta and Martha Karua on Tuesday enjoyed a warm embrace as he arrived for his tour of Kirinyaga county.
The embrace and his words to her are fueling rumors of a possible endorsement by the President for Karua’s candidacy for the governor’s seat.
”My sister, how are you?” said the President after spotting Karua in the crowd.
”Yeah, I’m right here,” she replied as the crowd cheered and clapped.
Martha Karua had been a fierce critic of the Jubilee administration aligning towards opposition leader Raila Odinga.
However, in recent weeks, the former justice minister has backed the President’s re-election bid, opting not to contest against him in next year’s election.
She also uncharacteristically attacked Raila Odinga for calling out the President in his fight against corruption.
During that time, President Kenyatta, who failed to honor Raila Odinga during the Mashujaa Day celebrations, named Karua a heroine.
Uhuru Kenyatta and Martha Karua were all smiles when she, among many others, received the President and his deputy, William Ruto.
Speaking to the media, the Narc Kenya leader said she was in the county to welcome the leaders who are honorable guests. She added that they all have ”unity of purpose”.
President Kenyatta was making his first visit to the region since Karua announced her intention to vie for the seat.
The meeting of the pair will mean a lot in the Kirinyaga Gubernatorial seat contest which former Devolution CS and Jubilee Party member Anne Waiguru has also expressed interest in.
Waiguru was missing from the President’s reception raising questions on her how the Jubilee administration views her involvement in the NYS scandal.