Sunday, September 26, 2010

Narc-K party to seek presidency on its own

FILE | NATION. Narc Kenya chairperson Martha Karua and vice chairman Danson Mungatana at a meeting in the past. Ms Karua says the party does not need a coalition partner to take over the government in 2012.

FILE | NATION. Narc Kenya chairperson Martha Karua and vice chairman Danson Mungatana at a meeting in the past. Ms Karua says the party does not need a coalition partner to take over the government in 2012. 

Narc Kenya party will seek to capture the presidency on its own in the next General Election.

Chairperson Martha Karua said the party does not need a coalition partner to take over the government in 2012.

Ms Karua said the party’s victory in the Juja and Makadara parliamentary by-elections had demonstrated that Narc-K’s popularity was on the rise.

She was speaking on Sunday at Kirinyaga County offices in Kerugoya town, central Kenya, at a meeting convened to celebrate the passing of the new Constitution and to discuss development issues.

Declaring that she will be vying for the presidency when President Kibaki retires, Ms Karua exuded confidence that she will triumph.

“God willing I will sail through,” she told the gathering.

She questioned the methodology used in opinion polls to determine who will be elected to lead the country.

She dismissed opinion polls by as misguiding saying they were designed to campaign for a certain politician.

According to the latest poll by Synovate, Prime Minister Raila Odinga tops the list of preferred presidential candidates with 47 per cent, 37 points clear of his closest rival, Mr Kenyatta.

President Kibaki is preferred by 12 per cent of Kenyans, though he is not eligible to vie for the top seat in the next election.

Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka is preferred by eight per cent of voters, Higher Education Minister William Ruto (six per cent), Narc-Kenya chairperson Martha Karua (five per cent), Eugene Wamalwa (one per cent) and others (11 per cent).

On Sunday, Ms Karua told the audience in Kerugoya to ignore such polls saying the ballot will speak when  time comes.

“I will defeat all those touted as frontrunner,” she said adding that she will go round the country asking for support from Kenyans.

Ms Karua, who is also the Gichugu Member of Parliament said she will not be discouraged by the polls which indicated that only five per cent of the voters would vote for her if elections were held.

Accompanied by former MPs, James Kibicho, Daniel Karaba and Alfred Nderitu, the party boss underscored the need to unite to create wealth in the county.

She advised civic leaders present to be wary of   politicians whom she claimed were grooming professionals from Nairobi to share seats created by the new Constitution.

Ms Karua said as a leader she would not allow the seats to be shared in board room meetings by few people.

“Those interested in political positions should campaign like any other person at the right time instead of waiting to be given in a silver platter,” he said.

During the meeting, Mr Kibicho, who is a lawyer, announced that he would vie for the Governor post in the county.

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