Martha Karua hints at heading to East African Court over presidential election dispute

Martha Karua hints at heading to East African Court over presidential election dispute after Supreme Court upheld President-elect William Ruto’s victory. 

The running mate of former prime minister Raila Odinga, Martha Karua, is considering appealing the Supreme Court decision upholding William Ruto’s victory to the East African Court of Justice.

Speaking at her Kimunye home in Kirinyaga County on Saturday, September 10, Martha Karua reiterated that the consideration for filing the appeal was her personal opinion and not that of Azimio La Umoja. 

She noted that she would consult the court, based in Arusha, Tanzania, on whether the judgment issued was just.

According to her, a lot of events surrounding the 2022 presidential election do not make sense to her, hence stating that she is yet to fully accept that they were actually beaten at the polls fair and square.

“Nairobi ambayo inatajwa ni yao, ndio gavana ni wao, lakini majority of MCAs ni Azimio…kura nyingi za Nairobi za President zilikuwa ni Azimio…hiyo mahesabu haziingiani. Kwa hivyo siwezi nikaamini tulishindwa, lakini kwa sababu korti imetoa amri, Kenya iendelee kulingana na vile korti iliona. Hiyo ndio rule of law na democracy,” she stated.

“Lakini kuvunjika kwa mwiko sio mwisho wa upishi…hakuna mahali ingine tunaweza kuenda kubishana kiti ya urais, lakini tunaweza peleka mahali pengine ndio tuelewe kweli korti yetu ilitupatia haki. Sasa sio mambo ya uchaguzi, mambo ya haki, vile nilienda wakati ule mwingine.”

She added: “Kwa vile korti ilisema tuko na hot air…hot air balloon inaweza nipeleka East Africa…I am actually considering whether to travel on a hot air balloon to the East African Court just to discuss that judgment. Hii si maono ya Azimio, now it’s me as a Kenyan because also I’m entitled, as an individual, so it’s something I’m considering.”

She added that she was going on a political sabbatical but that, for the time being, they—Azimio—would have to live with and deal with the Supreme Court ruling.

She is waiting for the entire verdict from the seven judges of the Supreme Court, which is expected to be published within 21 days of the date the presidential petition decision was made.

“For now, because I have time, I will take a break…and also because korti ilisema baada ya siku 21 wataleta sababu zao za ile maono walitoa…nangojea hizo sababu,” she said.

“Lakini hiyo ya uamuzi hatukukubaliana kamwe, tutauheshimu, lakini hatutakubaliana na sababu zetu…wacha korti itoe sababu zake, nitoe zangu nipeleke kwengine.”

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