POWER-SHARING

Karua, Marende and Oparanya have capacity to deliver – Ottichilo

Says Karua is a straightforward woman and an experienced constitutional lawyer

In Summary

• He said it is a big win for women and it is time they support their own.

• The governor said Kenya’s economy at the moment stands at a poor place and needs a tough person who can make tough decisions.

Governor Wilber Ottichilo
Governor Wilber Ottichilo
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Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo has congratulated Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua after she was picked as Raila Odinga's running mate.

He said it is a big win for women and it is time they supported their own.

“Karua is a straightforward lady and an experienced constitutional lawyer,” Ottichilo told the Star on the phone on Tuesday morning.

The governor said Kenya’s economy at the moment stands at a poor place and needs a tough person who can make tough decisions.

Raila on Monday unveiled a power-sharing matrix that would see almost all the regions represented in his government.

Former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende was named the Senate Speaker, while Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya will take the job of National Treasury CS.

“Oparanya has the capacity to deliver. He served as the minister for Planning under former Mwai Kibaki. We were able to see his work and we believe he will streamline our economy from where it is to another level,” Ottichilo said while on the phone.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya
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He said the incoming government needs to focus more on social and economic issues and the choice of Oparanya is the best for that position.

Ottichilo further praised the nomination of Marende for the Senate position, saying he has the experience to deliver for Azimio la Umoja.

 “Based on the 2007-2013 experience, Marende will be the best to ensure our devolved units are protected,” he said.

Marende said he will honour the nomination as Raila is the leader of their coalition.

Edited by A.N

Former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende.
Former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende.
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