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I don’t recognize Ruto as President but the law does, Martha Karua

Martha Karua has asserted that she doesn’t recognize William Ruto as the duly elected President of the Republic of Kenya.

Karua, who vied as Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s running mate in the August 2022 polls, confirmed the stance during an interview with the BBC’s Ian Wafula.

“I have not accepted Ruto as the President of Kenya, the law recognizes him (Ruto). But not me,” she said.

In the elections of August 2022, Mr. Odinga and Ms. Karua came in second place to President Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua.

They filed a petition with the Supreme Court to contest the election results, but they were unsuccessful.

Since then, Mr. Odinga has repeatedly accused the Supreme Court, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and foreign powers of stealing his victory.

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In the same interview, Karua argued President William Ruto should apologize to Miguna Miguna for his deportation.

Martha Karua stressed that President Ruto cannot dissociate himself from the deportation of Miguna as he was part of the government that exiled him.

“I would expect him to apologize to Miguna on his own behalf and on behalf of the president who has just retired. It is their government that committed that atrocity.”

She also said her government would have brought Miguna back home had it won the election.

“Our campaign was on the platform of rule of law constitutionalism and as many would recall, the honorable Raila Odinga had indicated; I would handle the docket on matters and rule of law.”

Adding, “Miguna would have been able to enjoy his rights, to have his passport returned. What happened was a great mistake and atrocity by the government of Kenya of which the current president was a happy deputy president at that time.”

Miguna, a Kenyan lawyer, jetted back into the country from Canada on Mashujaa’s day after spending about four years in exile.

Miguna was deported by former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime in 2018 for his role in the swearing-in of the opposition leader, Mr. Odinga, as the people’s president.

He was also charged with treason-related offences and his attempts to return to Kenya, despite several court orders issued to facilitate his return, bore no fruits.

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