As the country awaits the important voice of our courts today, let us remind ourselves that upholding the rule of law entails abiding by the final outcomes of litigation even when we do not agree with them or even believe in them.
We cannot chose to abide only when the verdict is in our favor.
In a contested matter, the verdict, unless negotiated, cannot favor both parties. So, whatever the court rules today will be a final verdict which binds us all as Kenyans.
My Running mate Hon. Lotodo, and I wish to formally congratulate Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President Elect of the Republic of Kenya together with his running mate Hon William Ruto. Kenyans have spoken and we respect their decision. We had pledged to abide by the results of the electoral process and hereby keep that promise to Kenyans. We wish the incoming government well and urge them to uphold the Constitution .We are embarking on a great moment in history and we have been honored to be a part of this historic election and the transition into the new dispensation.
To my family, my mother and my father my supportive siblings and my extended family- thank you for your support not just in my unsuccessful quest for the presidency but also throughout my political career. I treasure your loyalty and faith in me! It has not been easy especially for those of you who shun media and publicity but without your love and support I could never have come this far. To my son and daughter, thank you for inspiring me and being daily reminders of the better Kenya I want for you and for my granddaughter.
During the recent concluded presidential debates, Martha Karua asked Kenyans to unite and maintain peace during and after the elections.
Karua also said, “there is no tribe that puts food on your table”. Karua lamented that Kenyans have been divided along tribal lines by self interested politicians to the detriment of the Kenyans.
During the second debate, Martha Karua also told Kenyans that her track record speaks for itself. She told Kenyans that they should elect leaders they can trust to fully implement the constitution and stand for Kenya and Kenyans.
Hon. Karua, Members of the Party, ladies and Gentlemen. It is a great honour and privilege to be nominated by my party as the running mate of Hon. Martha Karua.
In 2000 when my father died, I had to leave my PHD studies in India to come home and care for my family. They were circumstances that many Kenyans have encountered, when they suddenly have to take on responsibilities and duties. And in 2001 I started a family with my beautiful wife Veronica, so like many Kenyans, I know what it is like to struggle, to care for and raise a family, to worry about the future and to despair at leadership that has failed to give Kenyans the country they deserve.
Ladies and gentlemen, members of the party and members of the press thank you for coming today. Over the course of my presidential campaign I have been asked many times, who is your running mate? And I have always replied that I am taking my time so that I can consult with members of the party and close advisors to make sure that I pick the person best suited to the Job. The vice presidency is not an honorary position, it is a vitally important job that must be filled by someone who will not only support and work with the president but is also ready to be president at a moment’s notice. That is why I have I have picked someone who is passionate about leadership that is focused on the people of Kenya - ALL people of Kenya and whose commitment to the ideals of trust, dedication and unwavering faith in a greater Kenya is unmatched.
Presidential aspirant and Gichugu Member of Parliament Hon. Martha Karua, Speaking to supporters in Meru Yesterday addressed the issue of Party Nominations, and the wider problems of integrity and transparency in Kenyan Politics.
“Over the coming days, many political parties in Kenya will be conducting their nominations process. I am convinced that a government is as good as the political party that forms it. If a party lacks transparency in its methods, lacks discipline or democracy then these negative traits shall be carried into any government that it forms.
Today I was honoured to receive the formal certificate of nomination as the NARC K presidential candidate for the March 4th 2013 Kenyan elections.
I am running for President to infuse a new spirit of constitutionalism so that every Kenyan is treated equally - whether you are a banker in Nairobi, a hawker in Kisumu, a mother caring for her children or a policeman on our roads, I will work to ensure that our constitution recognizes and protects YOU!
The journey to a better Kenya has been a long and tortuous one and we are not there yet. Joblessness among our youth is at an all-time high, half the population is living in poverty and insecurity leads to the death of too many innocent people. Our doctors, teachers, nurses and policemen, the people who educate, care and protect us are neglected and that hurts us all. That is why my campaign is focused on creating jobs within a moral economy, an economy whose benefits are felt in all of society, an economy that responds to the needs of the vulnerable, an economy that frees Kenyans from hunger, an economy not for the rich, or the powerful but for each and every Kenyan where we can all pursue our hopes and dreams.
During our Nairobi County visit tour on Thursday in Korogocho, where after successfully addressing two rallies in the same area, our campaign entourage was accosted by rowdy youths who demanded payment for "security" services - in other words protection fees!
Two of the ladies accompanying me, one an aspirant, lost their jewellery and a camera while one media house lost a camera stand and bag.
The incident is unfortunate and sadly, a larger portrayal of the issue of poverty that is afflicting so many Kenyans, especially our young men and women. I am glad that even in situations of extreme poverty like yesterday's, reason can prevail. At the height of the rowdy behaviour, I alighted from my vehicle and engaged the youth, urging them to abandon the culture of using force and violence as a means and to their credit majority heard me and escorted me back to my car. Unfortunately a section remained rowdy and had to be dispersed by my security to enable us to leave.