Narc-Kenya’s deputy secretary-general, Asha Bashir, confirmed that the party had fronted their leader to be considered as ODM leader Raila Odinga’s running mate.
“We also confirm Martha Karua’s willingness and request to appear before the esteemed selection panel on Monday, May 9, 2022,” Bashir said in a statement on Thursday, May 5.
Karua is expected to appear before the Noah Wekesa panel alongside Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, and his Kitui counterpart Charity Ngilu.
Among the selection panel’s criteria for choosing Raila’s presidential running mate are integrity, support base, and the votes one can consolidate.
Other factors include a commitment to constitutionalism, novelty, compatibility with the presidential candidate, and loyalty.
As Azimio la Umoja –OK races against time to beat the May 16, deadline set by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka who is among the front runners for Raila’s running mate has insisted that he will not appear before the panel.
The former vice-president said that he deserves better in Azimio la Umoja- OK coalition party for sacrificing his presidential ambitions for ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Kalonzo said appearing before the panel stating that it is the height of humiliation to parade the former Vice President before a panel.
He instead called for a meeting with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio la Umoja- OK presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga to discuss the matter.
“I was Raila’s running mate in 2013 and 2017, do you think Kalonzo Musyoka should be subjected to an interview?
“This is not America. This is Kenya,” Kalonzo said while addressing a gathering at Emali, Makueni on Thursday, May 5, on his way to Mombasa.