Karua: Quoting bible verses doesn’t make you a Christian

Written by on 20 June 2022

Martha Karua has assured religious organisations that the Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition government will respect and uphold the freedom of worship as enshrined in the Constitution if elected in the August general election.

In an interview on Monday, June 20, 2022, the Azimio presidential running mate insisted that the administration led by Raila Odinga will be founded on the rule of law.

Karua hits out at Ruto

The Narc Kenya party leader, indirectly, took a dig at Raila’s arch-rival, William Ruto of the Kenya Kwanza alliance, for criticizing the Azimio coalition as one led by people who don’t value religion

“Even Jesus said that not all who call him Jesus will enter heaven. Being a Christian is not portrayed by carrying two bibles while going to church or quoting bible verses, rather it’s portrayed by having good behaviours,” Karua said.

“In Azimio we respect the law and our track record shows. We shall respect all laws including laws of worship. So those behaving as if they know Jesus more should stop the sideshows.”

At the same time, Karua promised that the Azimio government will prioritise policies meant to curb the corruption vice in the country.

“Corruption hinders development, education, health and all other sectors. We have fought this war on corruption before and with the right captains in office, the war shall be won,” she said.

“When you get to your office as a government employee and leave to go do other businesses yet you receive a salary at the end of the month that too is corruption.”

The former Justice Minister also promised to support Raila deliver the Azimio agenda despite past differences including his failed push to amend the constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“I was a minister in Kibaki’s government before resigning. I delivered in the job I was given. When I resigned I did so respectfully. I respect my captain Raila and I will never disrespect him or Kenyans. I am ready to work for Kenyans, I pray that God guides me.

“Raila and I had disagreements on the change of the constitution while he (Raila) was in the team spearheading the change of constitution through the BBI and I was against the move through Linda Katiba team but that was solved by the court. If there shall be a need for our constitution to be amended, we shall involve all Kenyans through public participation as directed by the court,” Karua added.

While addressing the current economic crisis that has seen the cost of living rise exponentially, Karua says the Azimio team plans to reduce the prices of basic commodities within the first 100 days in office.

“In the first 100 days after being voted in, the Azimio government shall reduce the cost of living. We shall bring down the cost of food, petrol and other products as well as fight cartels that hinder progress,” she added.

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