Kenya is watching, Martha Karua tells IEBC

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya deputy presidential candidate Martha Karua [Joseph Kipsang, Standard]

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya deputy presidential candidate Martha Karua has urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to guarantee free and fair polls in August.

Speaking to Mt. Kenya TV and radio stations on Friday, July 29, Karua said if only the IEBC plays neutral in the elections, then Kenya would be a peaceful country during and after the August 9 General Election.

“May God help the IEBC oversee a free and fair general election. If that is done, then we can build a new Kenya,” she said during a joint interview with Kameme, Meru, Inooro, Kigoco, Coro, Muuga, Wimwaro and Gukenya stations.

“We trust that when processes are adhered to, then we can have a free and fair election,” she added.

Karua said Kenya has, in the past, degenerated into violence after poll results were disputed, with the electoral commission largely blamed for causing the unrest.

“[IEBC], do not preside over shambolic elections. The people’s will is more important than that of the [electoral agency’s] commissioners,” added Karua.

The former Gichugu Member of Parliament said she and Raila Odinga are best-suited to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We have a track record that is known. Our previous work in public service was commendable. Raila Odinga and I are a safe pair of hands,” she said, pledging to improve Kenya’s economy and combat graft in government if they win the presidential polls.