Martha Karua in a past address. [Photo/Courtesy]
Martha Karua in a past address. [Photo/Courtesy]

Narc Kenya leader and Kirinyaga governorship candidate Martha Karua was on Friday heckled as she attempted to address residents of Ngariama in Gichugu Constituency, Kirinyaga County.

Chants of “Minji” (nickname for Jubilee candidate Anne Waiguru) rented the air as the Narc Kenya leader tried to make her addresses.

Ngariama is a key battle zone in the August 8 governorship race as it is the backyard of both Anne Waiguru and Martha Karua.

Similar incidences were reportedly witnessed in Githure, Kamwana and in Kiamutugu centres.

This comes months after another heckling incident was witnessed during the visit by Deputy President William Ruto in Kirinyaga last December.

The residents at the rally could not allow Ms Karua to speak, chanting pro-Jubilee slogans, forcing her to cut short her speech.

In a show of defiance, Martha flashed the Narc Kenya symbol of two fingers as she returned the microphone to the Deputy President, as the residents booed.

Martha’s biggest task in the run-up to the August 8 elections will be to convince Kirinyaga voters, who are strongly pro-Jubilee to look the other side and support her candidature.

The Narc Kenya leader, who until late last year was a staunch supporter of Opposition leader Raila Odinga and a critic of President Uhuru Kenyatta, made an about-turn early this year, saying she would support Uhuru’s reelection bid.

Political pundits have however questioned her move, terming it as a plain strategic play aimed at wooing Kirinyaga voters.

Recent calls by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for Jubilee supporters to vote for Jubilee candidate is also not helping Martha’s course.

Martha who ran against President Kenyatta in the 2013 elections and lost will be facing off with Waiguru who won the Jubilee nominations with over 100,000 votes against Joseph Gitari’s 46,678 and incumbent Governor Joseph Ndathi’s 17, 085.

Ndathi has announced his interest to defend his seat as an independent candidate while Gitari has teamed up with Martha Karua, as her running mate, for the August 8 polls.

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