A caucus of women leaders drawn from parties affiliated to the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition have endorsed the Narck-Kenya leader Martha Karua to be named the presidential running mate to the ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Speaking at Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi on Monday April 18, the women leaders drawn from 26 political parties vowed to lobby for Martha Karua to be named Raila’s deputy saying it will give hope to millions of women across the country.
According to women leaders the Narc-Kenya leader is a committed woman who she is known for integrity and resoluteness.
“We don’t know why you cannot see the value of Martha. Her record speaks for itself. Karua is one of the formidable female politicians in the country who have the ability to sway crowds towards a particular direction. As women leaders we are now in the negotiation space for her, irrespective of which political party we come from.” Youth and Gender Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rachel Shebesh said.
Among the leaders present include Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu, and ODM’s women league leader Beth Syengo among others.
The move by the Azimio women’s league come after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission directed presidential aspirants to present names of their running mate by April 28.
Other leaders who are hoping to be named the presidentila running mate for the Azimo la Umoja-One Kenya coalition are Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka , former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Agriculture CS Peter Munya.
Already Kalonzo Musyoka and his allies have issued demands to the Azimio coalition that the former vice-president must be named Raila’s deputy a move that has began causing acrimony within the newly formed coalition.