Will Karua support pay dividends for CORD?
23 April 2015, 16:26
Nairobi - Will NARC Kenya chair-lady Martha Karua joining in on the Okoa Kenya referendum mantra help sell the campaign to Kenyans?
Karua joined her CORD counterparts Thursday at the Bomas of Kenya to launch the referendum campaign which is expected to help change some sections of the constitution which have been deemed surplus to requirements.
The former Justice minister had previously been seen to support the campaign but not officially but her appearance and subsequent speech Thursday rubber-stamped the deal.
Not too many were surprised though, to see her on what experts term the opposite side of the divide, but the question will be, what will she add to the campaign and will she gain in popularity from the move or will it hurt her 2017 presidential election hopes?
" Knowing her and listening to her speech, she has seen the referendum as something that touches her and affects Kenyans and their hopes," Michael Njenga, a political analyst feels.
" She feels that the Okoa Kenya makes sense and would change Kenya because she is that kind of person. She is a very tough character but also passionate."
" Sadly, politics being politics, the campaign will be demonized by the Jubilee coalition so in her native Central Kenya region, she will be viewed as being against president Uhuru Kenyatta."
" Thus, her political aspirations might suffer but I guess that is a topic for another day," he adds.
According to political sciences lecturer Isaac Chepng'etich, Karua will not add much to the Okoa Kenya campaign apart from national outlook as the process will be politicized when it reaches voting level.
" I think that she will help CORD in the sense of giving Okoa Kenya a national outlook because she is a senior leader from central Kenya but that is where it ends.
" In material terms, which is votes, she will not add much because it will be a CORD versus Jubilee battle and not Yes, versus No as it was last time".
" She will be termed a traitor for supporting Raila, so her 2017 aspirations might also suffer in the process. I just do not see how in the end her presence will lift Okoa Kenya".
Karua herself was as positive as always and settled deep into the issues that affect Kenya.
" We should uphold the spirit of constitutionalism and defend our rights by all means possible. The intelligence & military must stop meddling in the political process. They should be busy keeping us safe," she said in her usual combative mood.
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