Narc- Kenya leader Martha Karua says the public exchange between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto is disrespectful to the offices the two leaders hold and that if their relationship was too broken then the Jubilee regime should pave way for a new government.
Speaking on Tuesday during an interview with Citizen TV, the former minister asked the Head of State and his principal assistant to stop the public spat and instead focus on working for the good of the country.
”So long as the President and the Deputy continue to carry the flag of the Presidency, they must in their public conduct and utterances honour the offices they hold and respect Kenyans. It is total disrespect to have that sort of exchange. If they find it unatainable then they should resign and we get new leadership,” Karua said.
“I have no idea what went wrong but I have seen these exchanges which only bring tension to the country between the people who support the various factions and I think it is totally unhealthy. This has been going on for a while and I think it is getting worse.”
On the current succession politics and whether President Uhuru Kenyatta should be involved, Karua said Uhuru was a voter and was entitled to his vote and democratic choices. She also said presidents have always taken part in their successions, whether actively or passively, and drew examples in history.
“In our context, when you go back, President Daniel Moi did show his hand in Uhuru’s campaigns in 2002. President Mwai Kibaki, although, it was common knowledge that he supported Uhuru, he didn’t show his hand. We saw the late John Michuki more than President Kibaki and that did not draw any attention,” she stated.
Ms Karua eyes the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat in August. However, talk is rife she is among the three choices Azimio Movement leader Raila Odinga is considering as his runningmate. Others are Peter Kenneth and Peter Munya.