Martha Karua: Our victory was ‘grabbed and given to Ruto’
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential running mate Ms Martha Karua now claims that their election victory was grabbed and given to President William Ruto.
Speaking in Mombasa while attending the swearing in ceremony of Mombasa governor Abdulswamad Nassir, Ms Karua also said there many unanswered questions about last month’s election.
“Kwa vile tuko na serikali ambayo ilinyakuwa, na sema ilinyakuwa sababu tuko na question mark. Tukaenda kotini, koti ikawapea, lakini bado tuko na maswali. 24 counties versus 21 majority in the National Assembly hio mahesabu haiwezi kuingiana. Hiyo mahesabu ni iingine ya maajabu hatuyaelewi. Lakini maisha lazima iendele,” Karua said.
She however urged the incoming Mombasa governor to work with the new government.
“I want to say to Abdulswamad collaborate with the government that is there, but collaborate from a position of strength not in a position of kneeling down,” she said.
In regards to Azimio politicians switching camp to Kenya Kwanza she said,
“Kwa wafuasi wote wa Azimio na wale wote wamechaguliwa mujipe moyo. Sio lazima kukimbilia wale wamenyakuwa. Kaa pahali pako na upatie watu huduma. Collaborate but not kneeling down. Onyo kwa kila mtu mutaletewa mambo ya kuwatenganisha. Divide and rule musikubali kamwe,” she said.
According to the results that were announced by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on August 15, 2022, President Ruto, who ran on a UDA ticket, garnered 7,176,141 votes against Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga who garnered 6,942,930 votes.
Mr Odinga and his coalition challenged the results at the Supreme Court of Kenya, which however dismissed their petition.
The seven-judge bench upheld Dr Ruto’s win saying that there was no enough evidence to support the defenders claims of electoral malpractice.
Earlier, Ms Karua hinted at taking the petition challenging Dr Ruto’s win to the East Africa Court in Arusha, Tanzania.
She said that the Supreme Court did not discharge justice and that they still believe that the election was rigged.
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the chairperson of Azimio, also disagreed with the court’s findings but eventually oversaw a smooth transfer of power as per the constitution.