The Star (Nairobi)

26 November 2012

Kenya: I Won't Join Any Tribal Alliance, Says Karua

Narc-Kenya presidential hopeful Martha Karua yesterday ruled out any possibilities of joining a coalition. She said majority of those scrambling to form coalitions are corrupt and want to fulfill their personal and tribal interests.

He said these people are seeking protection in coalitions. This, she said, is a threat to development. Karua, who was on a campaign tour of Kilifi, hit out at the Gikuyu, Embu Meru Association coalition saying it is full of corrupt leaders who have messed up the country.

She said corrupt leaders have contributed to high levels poverty. She said those in Gema are out to safeguard their stolen wealth.

She was addressing a rally at Marafa grounds in Magarini constituency. "Our party is not ready for any coalition in the oncoming polls. Most parties are full of corrupt people who are up to protect their wealth at the expense of Kenyans and are not ready to provide quality leadership to the people," she said.

Karua said the new constitution will address all historical injustices including those related to land. She said there will be more funds going to to the grassroots.

She said time has come for Kenyans to make wise decisions and not vote for "hyenas" as they would contribute to more problems in the country.

"Narc Kenya Intends to improve the living standards of the people and resolve all historical injustices committed to the people," she said.

The former Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister disclosed that she resigned from the government to fight for justice for all Kenyans. She said those who have been in power are not ready to end corruption.

She criticized President Mwai Kibaki's government for failing to fulfill its free education to Kenyans saying it only worked for three years and fell into the hands of greedy and corrupt officers who took it to the wrong direction.

"If elected president of Kenya I will wipe out all the corrupt individuals and introduce free primary and secondary education to ensure all children from the poor and rich have access to quality education," she said.

She said her plan was to provide free health services in all public health facilities and end corrupt activities and lack of respect to the rule of law which contributed to the injustices.

"There is no reason for coast people to be squatters without title deeds while others were given in other areas, president Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga should ensue the commission of Lands begins work with mediate effect in order to begin addressing the historical injustices.

She also advised Kenyans to register in large numbers in the ongoing voter registration exercise to be able to make wise decision s during the oncoming elections.

She was accompanied by Franco Esposito alias Kasoso Baya the Narc Kenya Secretary, International Affairs the party's Branch Chairman of Magarini Constituency, and Narc Kenya Secretary General Mwanyingela Ngali.

Karua said ending impunity will be one of the top priorities in her government. She said lack of respect for the rule of law has slowed down development.

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