More recently, Karua, a lawyer by profession received the full backing of prominent members of the Law Society of Kenya.
His Kenya Kwanza Alliance counterpart Rigathi Gachagua has only been receiving criticism over his repeated controversial remarks in political rallies.
Speaking on an NTV Night program on Tuesday, June 28, University of Nairobi lecturer Adams Aloo, wondered why Rigathi Gachagua’s former and/or current colleagues have not publicly backed his nomination as William Ruto’s running mate.
“You have seen the endorsements that have come for Martha Kara from the Muslim community, from colleagues (fellow lawyers). Have you seen District Officers (past or even present) coming to endorse Rigathi Gachagua.?” Oloo posed.
According to Oloo, a close ally of the ODM leader Raila Odinga, Gachagua’s former workmates are ashamed of associating themselves with the Ruto-Gachagua tickets because of their strange past.
“They are ashamed, they cannot come out to show the country that we are part of that diabolical time in our country,” Oloo said.
Also further opined that the Ruto-Gachagua ticket reminds many Kenyans of the suffering they endured during Kenya’s second president, the late Daniel Moi’s regime.
“When Kenyans were getting scars in the country, when Kenyans were being exiled and detained, the Kenya Kwanza Alliance team (Ruto and Gachagua) was in the bosom of that brutal regime.” He stated.
Recently Gachagua denied claims that he was combative and forceful during his tenure as District Officer (DO) under the late President Daniel Moi.
He further dismissed allegations that his name featured prominently in the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) report over early 1990’s clashes in Molo, Nakuru county.
“I never appeared in the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation (TJRC) report and have never been high-handed. Who says I was high-handed? Go to Limuru and ask residents,” Gachagua said in an interview with The Nation.