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My nomination is a win for all women, says Karua

Says through her, women will have an opportunity to address their issues at the national level

In Summary

• Karua rallied women to vote for Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga saying he is best placed to address women issues and drive the country forward.

• “As women, we have a responsibility to give this country good leadership. I urge you to vote for leaders of integrity and goodwill, who will serve you well,” she said.

Azimio One Kenya Alliance presidential running mate Martha Karua speaking during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University on Wednesday, May 25.
WOMEN LEADERSHIP: Azimio One Kenya Alliance presidential running mate Martha Karua speaking during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University on Wednesday, May 25.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Azimio presidential running mate Martha Karua has said her nomination is a win for all women in the country.

Karua said through her, women will have an opportunity to address their issues at the national level.

The Narc Kenya leader spoke on Wednesday during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University. 

Karua rallied women to vote for Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga saying he is best placed to address women issues and drive the country forward.

Azimio One Kenya Alliance presidential running mate Martha Karua with leaders from Garissa during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University on Wednesday, May 25.
RAILA'S BID: Azimio One Kenya Alliance presidential running mate Martha Karua with leaders from Garissa during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University on Wednesday, May 25.
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She said Kenyans must weigh the candidates by looking at what they have done so far in their current positions and what they are likely to do once elected.

“As women, we have a responsibility to give this country good leadership. I urge you to vote for leaders of integrity and goodwill, who will serve you well.

“Raila in all his life, in and out of government, has fought for Kenyans. If you give him this opportunity, he will work hard to improve the lives of the people,” Karua said.

The former Justice minister further called for peaceful campaigns saying fellow politicians should avoid inciting Kenyans against each other.

“There is no need to fight because of elections. Let politicians come in peace and persuade the people to vote for them.

Garissa Governor Ali Korane speaking during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University on Wednesday, May 25.
NATION BUILDING: Garissa Governor Ali Korane speaking during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University on Wednesday, May 25.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

“Everyone knows who they will vote for. We are not going to force anyone to vote for us. We will only try to convince you, why you should vote for us and let you decide,” she said.

Garissa Governor Ali Korane said the role played by women in nation building cannot be over-emphasised.

He said women who have gotten the opportunity to serve in leadership positions have never disappointed.

“Women in our country have come a long way. It has been one long journey that has not been short of challenges but we are slowly getting there.

"With elections fast approaching my appeal is, use your votes to elect your own but most important, good leaders,” Korane said.

Maendeleo ya Wanawake national chairperson Rahab Muiu said the organisation will campaign for Raila because he chose a woman as a running mate.

Likoni MP Mishi Mboko speaking during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University on Wednesday, May 25.
WOMEN LEADERS: Likoni MP Mishi Mboko speaking during the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake 70th anniversary at the Garissa University on Wednesday, May 25.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

“We asked all presidential candidates to nominate women as their running mates. Raila chose Karua while the other one chose someone else. We have decided to go to all regions in the country and campaign for him,” Muiu said.

Karua was accompanied by former Garissa governor Nathif Jama, MPs Abdikarim Osman (Fafi), Sophia Abdi (Ijara), Mishi Mboko (Likoni) and Nyeri deputy governor Caroline Karugu.

The leaders said residents should vote for Raila in the August 9 General Election.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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