AZIMIO INTERVIEWS

Raila arrives at Serena as interviews for Azimio deputy start

The opposition doyen did not, however, speak to the media even after prompted to do so by reporters.

In Summary

• The ODM leader was briefed upon inquiry on the progress of the process where he was informed that Joho, Chege and Karua had already arrived for the interviews.

• Raphael Tuju, the Executive Director of the Azimio campaign secretariat, said all the questions the media want answered will be provided after the meeting.

ODM leader Raila Odinga, his personal assistant Peter Opondo and Azimio campaign secretariat Executive Director Raphael Tuju arrive at Serena Hotel in Nairobi on May 9, 2022.
ODM leader Raila Odinga, his personal assistant Peter Opondo and Azimio campaign secretariat Executive Director Raphael Tuju arrive at Serena Hotel in Nairobi on May 9, 2022.
Image: ENOS TECHE

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga has arrived at Serena Hotel, Nairobi where interviews for the selection of his running mate are ongoing.

The ODM leader was briefed upon inquiry on the progress of the process where he was informed that Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Murang'a Woman Representative Sabina Chege and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua had already arrived for the interviews.

The opposition doyen did not, however, speak to the media even after being prompted to do so by reporters.

"No, I don't want to talk," Raila said.

Raphael Tuju, the Executive Director of the Azimio campaign secretariat, said all the questions the media want answered will be provided after the meeting.

"We will answer you," Tuju said casually.

ODM leader Raila Odinga is received by his personal assistant Peter Opondo as he arrived at Serena Hotel in Nairobi on May 9, 2022. Looking on is Azimio campaign secretariat Executive Director Raphael Tuju.
ODM leader Raila Odinga is received by his personal assistant Peter Opondo as he arrived at Serena Hotel in Nairobi on May 9, 2022. Looking on is Azimio campaign secretariat Executive Director Raphael Tuju.
Image: ENOS TECHE

Sabina was the first to face the panel and she said it was a privilege to have been given the honours to be the first one to face the panel.

She said it was more of a conversation than an interview.

She said she brings local and international experience, a national appeal and energy considering she's a young politician.

"I leave it to God, I know my chances are high. Whatever the outcome, I will accept the decision of the panel," she said.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho is currently facing the panel.

Earlier, Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya also checked in at the hotel but said his interview is scheduled at 3 pm Monday.

The seven-member selection panel chaired by Noah Wekesa is expected to interview in person all the 11 shortlisted candidates from 20 applicants.

On Saturday, the panel released an updated list of the shortlisted candidates from the initial eight candidates to 11.

Those whose names had been added were 

Governor Lee Kinyajui of the Ubuntu party, Peter Munya (PNU) and Oparanya (ODM) were the nee entrants.

Press Secretary Dennis Onsarigo said the "selection would seek audience with the Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate in the coming week."

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