Why I Apologised to Raila – Martha Karua

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Why I Apologised to Raila – Martha Karua

On Thursday, Martha Karua, the leader of the NARC Kenya party, expressed her apologies to Raila Odinga, her Azimio counterpart, for not being present at the coalition’s press conference discussing the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) report.

During her interaction with the media, Karua dismissed allegations of a rift with Odinga, asserting that she maintained a positive relationship with the opposition leader, even though they differed in their views on the NADCO report within the coalition.

In late November, Martha Karua was one of the Azimio leaders who were absent from Raila Odinga’s media briefing, during which he endorsed the NADCO report.

However, he cautioned about its shortcomings, specifically noting its inability to address the issue of the high cost of living.

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“I gave my apology that morning we spoke but I had also indicated that we were together on all four but we stick to the three deal breakers. We had agreed that the three issues were deal breakers,” Karua noted.

“The stand on NARC Kenya is total rejection, but we remain an integral part of the coalition. We differ with respect.”

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In her defense of her position on the report, Martha Karua characterized the NADCO report as fraudulent, asserting that its primary purpose was to favor specific leaders rather than serving the interests of the ordinary citizens (“mwananchi”).

Advocating for a complete rejection of the declaration, Karua argued that the report inadequately tackled crucial issues such as the rising prices of essential commodities like fuel and food items.

Additionally, she criticized the report for its failure to address the persistent challenges of escalating taxation and high unemployment rates.

“Unemployment has also been a challenge that has not been addressed, especially following the recent report by FKE (Federation of Kenya Employees) where over 70, 000 people have lost their jobs,” Karua denoted.

“For any talks to succeed, those holding tools of power must be willing and act in good faith. Our reading is that the Ruto regime lacks the sincerity required to make the talks succeed and deliberately sabotage the people’s demands while presenting their won parliamentary agenda as demands.”

On November 29, the Azimio coalition, under the leadership of Raila Odinga, officially endorsed the NADCO report, characterizing it as a positive beginning.

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Odinga went on to commit to initiating discussions with his followers to determine the next steps, particularly in mobilizing support to exert pressure on the government to address the issue of the high cost of living.

“The document the team has come up with is, ultimately, imperfect and unfinished. But it is a beginning. We have agreed to disagree on the most important matter to us. We made what believed were reasonable proposals on how to address the rising cost of living.

“But the government side flatly refused terming it their exclusive business and further arguing that they got the mandate of Kenyans to execute their Kenya Kwanza economic agenda,” Raila stated.

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Why I Apologised to Raila – Martha Karua

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