Martha Karua

Former Presidential candidate, Martha Karua, has today declared her intention to run for the Kirinyaga governorship position.

The NARC-Kenya leader has recently made clear her political intentions amid rumors saying she told residents in Mombasa that she would be running for the presidency again.

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Doubts have now been put aside as the former MP joins the long list of contestants vying for the Kirinyaga seat.

Martha Karua will be going against incumbent Joseph Ndathi, former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru, Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari, businessman Bedan Kagai and former minister Njeru Githae.

Karua said she chose to abandon her presidential hopes because she was better placed to effect change in the county by initiating development projects that would be beneficial to the locals.

Martha Karua

She was a Member of Parliament for over three terms and is a strong defender of the Constitution and the rule of law. She is one of the few high-ranking Kenyans to have never been implicated in a corruption scandal.

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Kirinyaga county looks to be the only county with two women running for the gubernatorial seat.

Anne Waiguru announced her intentions three months ago after receiving a Golden membership certificate for joining President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA).

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Waiguru welcomed Karua’s interest in Kirinyaga governorship, saying she is within her right to run for the position.

“It is her (Karua) democratic right to seek election. We are not worried as we have the support of the people of Kirinyaga.”

Regional Jubilee chairman Mureithi Kang’ara and incumbent Deputy Governor Julius Njiri brushed aside the threat Ms Karua might pose in the upcoming polls.

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They both shared the opinion of her party having a low number of followers in the area therefore, making it an uphill task.

We would all have to wait and see just how right they are.