On May Monday 16, the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga picked Martha Karua as his running mate ahead of the August polls.
The appointment of Karua as Raila’s run signified a shift in the political landscape as she would become the first woman to occupy the office of deputy president in Kenya.
In the event the ODM leaders win the August polls, many women leaders believe that Martha Karua will be in a pole position to succeed him after the end of the term.
But the Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka dismissed the assertion that the Narc-Kenya leader is the automatic successor to Raila Odinga if Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party forms the next government.
Speaking in Tala Town, Machakos County on Friday, June 3, the Wiper leader revealed that he has put in place enough measures to succeed Raila in 2027.
“We are not stopping until we take Kenya’s presidency. Since President Kenyatta will retire and Odinga will become the president and Martha Karua his deputy, are you telling me that once Odinga retires, Martha should become the president? Don’t you think we have just aligned properly to succeed Odinga? We are not kidding,” Kalonzo said.
Kalonzo who rejoined Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party reminded his Ukambani backyard that a vote for Raila is a vote for Kalonzo.
“Note that when you vote for Mr. Odinga again you will be voting for me. Let us vote Odinga more overwhelmingly than we did in the 2013 and 2017 elections,” Kalonzo added.
Allies of the Wiper leader has called on him to make use of the Chief Cabinet Secretary position that has been reserved for him in the Odinga administration, to shape his 2027 presidential ambition.
Speaking during the Madaraka Day celebration, President Uhuru Kenyatta celebrated the expansion of women’s leadership, especially in the political space of the country.
“I’m proud to be part of this push and Kenyans have the opportunity to elect the first female deputy president. If it is the wish of Kenyans, come August 9 2022 we will have the first female Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya,” President Uhuru said.