By Kamadi Amata
Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition flag bearer Raila Odinga has picked NARC Kenya Party leader Martha Karua as his running mate in the upcoming August General Election.
Karua was picked from a list of 11 candidates who appeared for vetting before a selection panel that shortlisted three candidates and forwarded the names to Odinga for a final decision.
Raila made the announcement on Monday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
“At the age of 24, this woman was appointed a magistrate, years later she became the youngest woman MP, she led a team of lawyers to represent me when I was in detention, this woman is a fighter and not a quitter,” Raila described Karua.
Candidates who appeared for vetting include Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua (Narc-Kenya),Sabina Chege (Jubilee Party), Peter Kenneth (Jubilee Party) Ali Hassan Joho (ODM) and Stephen Tarus (National Liberal Party).
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, deputy ODM leader Wycliffe Oparanya and Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui were also interviewed for the position. KANU Party chairman Gideon Moi who had earlier been shortlisted opted out of the race to endorse Kalonzo.
The event was graced by party leaders allied to the Azimio-OKA coalition.
Karua once served as the Gichugu MP for more than 20 years, between 1991 and 2013.