Presidential Aspirant, Raila to announce Martha Karua as his running mate


Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga has reportedly chosen Narc-Kenya leader, Martha Karua as his running mate.

It was gathered 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.

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

“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 11am 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.