Raila set to announce Martha Karua as his running mate

Sources have intimated to the Star that Azimio Panel had said Karua is rated highly for the position.

In Summary

•Women leaders allied to Raila had also endorsed Karua to be the Azimio running mate.

•Raila assured the crowds at Kamukunji Grounds that he will unveil his running mate today

Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua after an Interview for the Azimio running mate position at Serena Hotel on May 9,2022.
Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua after an Interview for the Azimio running mate position at Serena Hotel on May 9,2022.
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Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga has settled for Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua as his running mate.

Sources have intimated to the Star that Azimio Running Mate Selection Panel had said Karua is rated highly for the position.

The panel had also interviewed governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) for the running mate position last week.

Others are Murang'a Woman Representative Sabina Chege, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and former Emgwen MP Stephen Tarus.

And on Sunday, Raila assured the crowds at Kamukunji Grounds that he will unveil his running mate today at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) from 11 am.

"Nimeangalia hali ya anga na nataka kuwaambia kwamba kesho saa tano kule KICC nitatangaza," Raila said.

This loosely translates to, "I have read the mood and I want to tell you that tomorrow at KICC, at 11 am I will announce."

Karua had received backing from a section of Mt Kenya leaders and women leaders across the country, who said that she was best suited for the job.

The Kikuyu Council of Elders(KCE) on Tuesday said that out of the 10 politicians interviewed for the role, Ms Karua had the best understanding of politics and democracy.

“We only have four candidates for Raila’s running mate from Mt Kenya. We will support them, but from our experience, we will be happy if we get Martha Karua as the running mate and later the Deputy President to Mr Odinga,” the elders said in a statement read by Ndungu wa Gaithama, the national chairman. 

Women leaders allied to Raila had also endorsed Karua to be the Azimio running mate.

The women, drawn from 26 parties allied to Azimio la Umoja, were speaking during a meeting held at the Jacaranda Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi County.

The group described Karua as an experienced leader who had a proven track record in her service delivery to Kenyans.

Earlier, Karua had said she will have no problem if not picked as ODM leader Raila's presidential running mate.

Though there has been intense pressure and lobbying from her supporters over the seat, Karua said the outcome of the ongoing vetting will not make her quit Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance.

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