Harooo! Why Martha Karua is yet to recognize President William Ruto
Martha Karua says she is yet to recognize President William Ruto as the duly elected Head of State.
Karua, who vied as Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s running mate in the August 2022 polls, confirmed the stance during an interview with the BBC’s Ian Wafula.
She said: “The law recognizes him (Ruto). But not me.”
JUST IN: @MarthaKarua says that President @WilliamsRuto (who she does not accept as President) owes lawyer @MigunaMiguna an apology on behalf of the then Jubilee Administration. My interview with her tonight on @BBCWorld #FocusOnAfrica 6:30BST (8:30PM Kenyan time) @BBCAfrica pic.twitter.com/nmP8eGq9Mi
— Ian Wafula (@Ian_Wafula) October 20, 2022
Mr Odinga and Ms Karua finished second to President Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua in the August 2022 polls.
The losers moved to challenge the election results at the Supreme Court but lost in the court.
Mr Odinga has since consistently blamed both the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC), the Supreme Court, and foreign forces whom he did not name, for robbing his victory.
In the same interview, Karua argued President William Ruto should apologize to Miguna Miguna for his deportation.
The seasoned politician stressed that President Ruto cannot dissociate himself from the deportation of Miguna as he was part of the government that exiled him.
“I would expect him to apologize to Miguna on his own behalf and on behalf of the president who has just retired. It is their government that committed that atrocity.”
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She also said her government would have brought Miguna back home had it won the election.
“Our campaign was on the platform of rule of law constitutionalism and as many would recall, the honorable Raila Odinga had indicated; I would handle the docket on matters and rule of law.”
Adding, “Miguna would have been able to enjoy his rights, to have his passport returned. What happened was a great mistake and atrocity by the government of Kenya of which the current president was a happy deputy president at that time.”
Miguna, a Kenyan lawyer, jetted back in the country from Canada on Mashujaa’s day after spending three years in exile.
Also a controversial politician, Miguna was deported by former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime in 2018 for his role in the swearing-in of the opposition leader, Mr Odinga, as the people’s president.
He was also charged with treason-related offences and his attempts to return to Kenya, despite several court orders issued to facilitate his return, bore no fruits.