When Martha Karua walked out on Moi, something no man had ever dared do, she introduced a new form of civil disobedience as popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By these actions, she was seen as a hero. She was celebrated for being principled. When Martha Karua almost single handedly kept the then ODM at bay, defending the election of Mwai Kibaki against claims of rigging, she was a hero. She was celebrated for being principled.
Now, when Martha Karua says she supports calls for referendum, she is no longer a hero. She is seen as not being principled. Never mind that this can only be the case if you go against what some would call the ‘grain’.
In 2005, Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, William Ruto among others joined hands to oppose the then Wako draft. Uhuru Kenyatta went against the ‘grain;’ He was opposing a draft supported by the government of the day, of Mwai Kibaki.
What is the difference between the actions of Uhuru Kenyatta in 2005 and those of Martha Karua today? Someone explain to me pole pole, slowly.
By Mukurima Muriuki via Facebook