Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the One Kenya Alliance, has chosen Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua as his running partner.
According to the Star, the Azimio Running Mate Selection Panel has said that Karua is highly regarded for the post. Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) were all interviewed for the running mate role by the panel last week.
Sabina Chege, a Murang’a Woman Representative, Peter Munya, the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, and Stephen Tarsus, a former Emgwen MP, are among the others. Raila promised the people at Kamukunji Grounds on Sunday that he will reveal his running companion today at 11 a.m. at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
KICC will make an announcement tomorrow.
Raila said, “Nimeangalia hali ya anga na nataka kuwaambia kwamba kesho saa tano kule KICC nitatangaza.” This roughly translates to “I have read the mood and I want to inform you that I will announce tomorrow at KICC at 11 a.m.”
Karua has gotten support from a number of Mt Kenya leaders as well as female leaders from around the nation, who felt she was the ideal candidate for the role. The Kikuyu Council of Elders (KCE) said on Tuesday that Ms. Karua had the finest grasp of politics and democracy among the ten lawmakers interviewed for the position.
“We only have four candidates from Mount Kenya for Raila’s running partner.” “We would support them,” the elders stated in a statement read by Ndungu Gaithama, the national chairman, “but based on our experience, we will be satisfied if we have Martha Karua as the running mate and eventually the Deputy President to Mr. Odinga.”
As the running mate, Martha Karua.
Raila’s female allies have also backed Karua as the Azimio running mate. The ladies spoke during a conference held at the Jacaranda Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi County, and were recruited from 26 parties affiliated with Azimio la Umoja.
Karua was regarded by the organization as an accomplished leader with a track record of providing excellent service to Kenyans. Karua previously said that if she is not chosen as Raila’s presidential running partner, she would not be upset.
Karua said the conclusion of the current vetting would not force her to leave Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance, despite tremendous pressure and lobbying from her followers.
The selecting panel has decided to postpone.
The panel’s Chairman, Dr. Noah Wekesa, apologized to the people and said that a full report was available but that the Azimio la Umoja presidential flag bearer was out of town with other commitments, thus the release was pushed till Thursday.
After Kanu chairman Gideon Moi withdrew, claiming his name had been submitted without his consent, the panel examined 10 of the 11 selected candidates.