When Donald Trump went against the odds and beat Hillary Clinton, nothing should shock us anymore. That’s why Martha Karua’s endorsement of the Jubilee government was not very surprising.
The ‘iron lady’ has been in the cold for far too long and has realized her political career is headed nowhere unless she bows down to the tribal king. She followed Peter Kenneth’s lead when he also endorsed Uhuru for a second term.
Karua said that he will be supporting Uhuru but will not dissolve her party Narc Kenya to join Jubilee. Her likely competitor in the Kirinyaga seat will be former devolution cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru.
Most people, particularly opposition supporters have criticized her for not standing by her principles. But that exposes their hypocrisy. When Ababu Namwamba left ODM ‘on principle’, they accused him of having received a brown envelope. But when Ngilu starts gravitating towards Cord, she is welcomed with open hands… never mind why she was fired from government.
The truth is our political landscape has no room for principles. You are either with us or with them. Raphael Tuju, Peter Kenneth and even Martha Karua are living proof of this. PK and Karua have learned their lesson, but that does not mean others have learnt from them.
Ababu Namwamba, Alfred Mutua and Isaac Ruto are some of the politicians currently tempting the tribal waves, and the results may be unpleasant.
Back to Karua, here are some of the reactions after she made her announcement.
Just the other day Martha Karua was asking the president to resign if he can't handle corruption. This hoes ain't loyal
— Mahat Mabhangi (@mmwondi) November 10, 2016
"Martha Karua", welcome home. and remember to come with a toothpick!
— Field Marshal Karash (@ngathokaranja) November 10, 2016
Politics is supremely guided by interest. Martha Karua is just being Kenyan
— KELVIN ™ (@or_kelvin) November 10, 2016
Did I see Martha Karua condemning the corruption happening in this Jubilee regime. Enyewe Kila mtu ako na tumbo.
— Nichodemus Mwania (@nichomaingi) November 10, 2016
Kenya politics is all petty,without a tribe you got no life. Martha Karua is representation of Kenya and tribes
— Gathecha Wakanyi (@Gathexah) November 10, 2016
Martha karua is also backing jubilee,How do I stomach this ,it was just selfish political interest. Not a bit about integrity
— Think Tank (@Elijahmuriki1) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua is a political comedian. Uhuru should know that marrying a comedian doesn't guarantee him happiness in marriage.
— Kenyan Mugabe (@KenyanMugabe) November 10, 2016
"Martha Karua" umeenda kula nyama…..its alright. The few patriotic citizens will continue with the good fight.
— Bonaventure Mati (@muya_mati) November 10, 2016
Hahaha"@nyandiga001: What was Martha Karua contributing to CORD? Mybe popping eyes."
— Christabelle (@XrisseM) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua good rendance I believe she was adding no value in Cord
— Ms Munyoki (@MunyokiCharity) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua is a prime example of politicians betraying their principles to satisfy their needs
— Kelvin (@Kelvo_martin) November 10, 2016
Martha karua…from Iron lady to Nylon lady
— EGM (@gatimuthespear) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua has pulled a Trump on me.I thought she stood for something. Kumbe in kama wale wengine tu!
— Julius Mlipa Ushuru (@jlsmur) November 10, 2016
??? what a CONUNDRUM. Martha Karua spent 5 years claiming Jubilee government is corrupt only to HAVE TO endorse Uhuru in order to run. ???
— Betty Waitherero?? (@bettywaitherero) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua is just being a politician,, she's done nothing unusual.. it is what it is, season of migrating for politicians
— Jared Ontita (@OntitaJared) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua is smart enough to know that she stands no chance of winning that Kirinyaga seat if she is not supporting Uhuru.
— STEFAN MUTINDA (@Lovekidd_) November 10, 2016
So Martha Karua will support UhuRuto? What of her interest in CORD. Truly, these gals ain't loyal.
— it'sVinnie (@vinnikim) November 10, 2016
In Kenya it's always about, me, me and I, fake politicians Martha Karua being one of them
— Jane kogi (@KogiJane) November 10, 2016
In the last 4 yrs, Martha Karua has consistently termed the Kenyatta administration as a farce and corrupt albeit a 2017 endorsement.
— Kioko Joe (@Joe_Kioko) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua backs Uhuru Kenyatta for 2017 polls. It has never been about integrity and moral ethics but self political interest.
— Kioko Joe (@Joe_Kioko) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua is just like Peter Kenneth who realized he cant win elections by trending on twitter, KOT never vote! now they run for governor
— OdhiamboAgunda (@OdhiamboAgunda) November 10, 2016
Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua has declared support for President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in 2017 @MarthaKarua Our country i finished
— #tuCHAPiane2017 (@ekkathenya) November 10, 2016
A good template of a kenyan politician. And some of you think that those in the opposition are better. "Martha Karua"
— The ray (@WereJuma) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua is that girl, who goes to campus, gets paged, aborts 4 times, then goes back pregnant, crying to his father's house.
— Martin! (@chegekahura) November 10, 2016
we should not call ourselves mature democracy when we cling on to tribal affiliation just to be relevant "Martha Karua"
— rooney mbani (@MbaniRooney) November 10, 2016
1997: Walks out on Moi -> Iron Lady
2007: Supported election fraud
2016: Walk back to Moi orphans -> Nylon Lady.
— #IamPanafrican (@mcolonde) November 10, 2016
Martha Karua resigned as a minister once we believed she was clean but her latest move supporting a govt of looters downgrades her integrity
— Momanyi Elijah (@elimoman) November 10, 2016