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I’m Safe with Raila – Says Martha Karua

Martha Karua has defended her decision to join the Azimio la Umoja Movement and Raila Odinga saying she had found a “critical mass of good people” notwithstanding their shortcomings.

Karua who spoke during a press conference on Wednesday when she announced that she will back the Azimio Movement candidate, ODM leader Raila Odinga, said both sides of the leading political camps — Azimio and Kenya Kwanza — have people with a tainted past.

“All sides have people who have looted in the past; all sides have people who do not respect the rule of law,” she said.

Karua reiterated that her decision was arrived at after putting into consideration leaders who have expressed an interest in serving the people of Kenya.

She further pointed out that having worked together with Odinga in the past, she believes that joining forces again will be beneficial to the people of Kenya.

“We have been in the trenches together, we have come a long way in the struggle and fight for the second liberation in this country, the fight for the constitution and when we have had disagreements we have been able to lay them on the table to overcome them in the interest of the people of Kenya,” said Karua.

“We are convinced that we will be able to forge forward in the best interest of Kenyans and putting always the interest of Kenya ahead of any other partisan or personal interest.”

She committed to supporting Raila Odinga’s presidential quest saying her party will work together with other Azimio coalition members to popularize his candidature.

“From now onwards, I am supporting comrade Raila Odinga and Azimio La Umoja.  I am and Narc Kenya is committed to popularising the Azimio presidential flagbearer and his 10-point agenda which are part of the social justice ideal that we stand for,” Karua said.

On his part, the Orange leader heaped praise on Karua even as he welcomed her into the Azimio Movement.

Odinga described Karua as a resilient individual Azimio can fully rely on.

“Martha Karua has stood firm and paid a huge price for the second liberation of Kenya,” he stated.

“We gone through hills and valleys together and we had now agreed there is still a lot to be done. she is a general and wears scars of struggle.”

Odinga who is also enjoying the backing of President Uhuru Kenyatta said Karua had no other option but to join the ‘winning team’.

“I am proud to welcome Martha to this side of the political divide. I don’t think she had a choice because the difference between this side of the political divide and the other is like day and night,” Raila said.  

Karua was part of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) that brought together Wiper party’s Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU’s Gideon Moi both of whom joined Azimio.

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