Kenya's Justice Minister Martha Karua announced at a press conference on Monday that she has submitted her resignation letter to President Mwai Kibaki, saying that that she was resigning from the post as her position in the coalition government has become untenable because of the recent events in government.
I will now be able to totally disagree with anything that is anti-reform, corruption and lack of transparency in government, she said after announcing her resignation.
Karua added that President Kibaki may not have had the chance to read her resignation letter yet as he is currently in Zambia attending a COMESA-EAC-SADC high-level conference.
My letter to the President is very brief. He is away... let him have the privilege of reading the letter first, but it doesn't say much more than I have told you, she told reporters at a news conference at the Justice Ministry's offices at Co-operative House in Nairobi.
Karua's decision to quit came after President Kibaki appointed new judges without consulting her. She had said last week that that her reform agenda was being undermined by such actions, which comes despite her push for an open and transparent process. She had called for overhauling the judiciary including the way judges are appointed.
Karua was President Kibaki's negotiator in the successful UN-brokered power-sharing talks with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, which ended the country's post-poll violence that killed some 1,500 people and displaced 300,000 others in the African country in 2007.
Post election violence had erupted in Kenya after current Prime Minister Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement accused Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) of committing fraud in the 2007 December presidential elections. It was finally was halted by a UN-brokered power-sharing deal, according to which Kibaki remained the Kenyan President while Odinga was appointed the country's Prime Minister.
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