Some obvious silence has befallen the highly criticized 2012 presidential bid of one Martha Wangari Karua lately. The move by the justice minister did not augur well with many especially her counterparts from Central Kenya. Basic reason (other than it is four years to the next election) being that when making such a decision one usually consults widely especially in their home area.
I have never been a fan of Ms Karua and do not think will be as I think she is wasting valuable time telling us more about her bid than matters concerning her responsibilities. I have great respect for her efforts to bring the country together earlier in the year but it is just that. I have several reasons for taking this position.
First, her bid can be interpreted to mean that she is not committed to one of her office’s responsibility – a new constitution dispensation for this country. How can she convince Kenyans that she is committed to this course when she is already preparing herself to bid for the country’s most powerful position by the current constitution. So, one question begs , “Under which constitution is Ms Karua biding her presidency on?”
Kenyans may (if the constitution reforms ever take off) decide that they want a parliamentary system of governance. Where would this leave our pacesetter? My advice for the minister is to first give us a new constitution then we can chart the way forward.
Secondly, I attended the launch of ‘product martha karua 2012’ in the form of a website sometime back. Before I get to the point allow me to give my humble opinion that the website cannot sell any product. From my judgment Ms Karua failed to pull in the basic support of numbers with only two MPs from her Narc Kenya party attending. The rest were basically close friends and relatives (judging from the conversations).
Lastly, in the event that things remain as they are, election in 2012 under the current constitution, a Kalonzo – Uhuru alliance will definitely work against Ms Karua.
So, Ms Karua gunning for the presidency has never been a one man show and not especially now that the country is seeking legal and institutional reforms that fall under your docket.