Karua makes comeback, supports ‘Baba’ on dialogue

Martha Karua disagrees with those who blamed the Saba Saba CORD rallies for heightened political and ethnic animosity in the country/MIKE KARIUKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 – NARC Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua on Friday supported the call for national dialogue by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

She said the Constitution allowed for citizen participation in governance and given the security challenges the country is facing, it was imperative for all parties to work together.

“Our nation is under threat and something needs to happen. The buck stops with the President, he has the responsibility to facilitate Kenyans to unite and to reason together on the way forward. And that can only happen if a forum for discussion is created. So for those who say discussion has to be institutional, parties are institutions,” she said.

Echoing the Catholic Church, she said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Madaraka Day acceptance of dialogue was right and that the Jubilee parliamentarians’ subsequent insistence that it be carried out through Parliament was a step back.

“The Executive in the first instance on Madaraka Day appeared to accept and then there was questioning of those talks. Yet this will not be the first or last time we convene forums for discussion. And this thing of participation started even before our Constitution. If you remember budget hearings, the Treasury would convene NGOs, Civil Society and all that,” Karua said.

She went on to disagree with those who blamed the Saba Saba CORD rallies for heightened political and ethnic animosity in the country.

“Rallies alone cannot be a cause of tension. Both the President and his Deputy were together with the CORD leader Honourable Raila in Orange. That time we were Banana. After the Constitution, what they did was to go round doing rallies. Rallies are not a problem and you cannot ever ban people from meeting. We are also entitled to criticise, even severely,” she said.

The issues she said NARC Kenya wanted addressed in a national forum are the involvement of county governments in security, the implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report and a review of the security agencies.

“Remember the TJRC report had timelines. It has been swept under the carpet and we are really worried because everywhere there’s a scuffle, something about land will be said. If we do not address historical injustices, our national cohesion continues to be undermined and the threats escalated,” she said.

But while calling for a review of the security agencies, she drew the line at calling for the resignation or sacking of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo saying it was a matter for, “another house.”

 

 

 

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One comment on “Karua makes comeback, supports ‘Baba’ on dialogue

  1. Its probably coincidence with respect to time, as well as the events, however, its rather too coincidental and convenient that Karua comes out of the woodwork at about the same time ICC receives evidence that Ruto was fixed by Karua and her team.

    There is simply too much smoke and very little to go on with by way of facts on what is going on in Kenya right now. Mpeketoni continues to baffle, with serious attempt to cover up tribal arithmetic played by TNA to possibly cover up historical injustices

    Incidentally “historical injustice” from all that I have read, is euphemism for Jomo grabbed land for himself and cronies. Jomo also grabbed more land to settle disgruntled returning mau mau warriors and their families in diaspora while disenfranchising and dispossessing (or at the expense of) local communities.

    the second part of historical injustice, is the unfair targeting of and abuse of state resources to punish and smother communities perceived to be hostile or non-receptive to to Jomo’s rule e.g events leading to Shifta war and the alienation of Jaramogi’s community and/or their sympathizers. There are a few others as well.

    Whoever coined the phrase historical injustice was an academic and determined to sanitize some or part of the wrong.

    Mpeketoni is yet another historical injustice, ironically similar to what is mentioned in the Waki report as the “root cause of 2007/8 PEV”, the triggers beings the rigged election.

    For as long as people beat about the bush, these problems will keep resurfacing in whatever new form, but the underlying causes remain the same – “historical injustice”

    I personally have no respect for Martha, the way she conducted herself pre and post 2007/8 PEV is part of the reason that PEV occured. Whether she owns up to it or not is neither here nor there. If she and a few others had toned it down a bit, put bigotry aside and done the right thing, who knows….

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