Celebrations As Karua is Nominated As Odinga’s Running Mate

Martha Karua and Raila Odinga

Sources in DP William Ruto’s camp indicate that as soon as Matha Karua was declared as Odinga’s running mate, he and his advisers immediately went back to their drawing board to strategize

By The Weekly Vision Online

The picking of Martha Karua by the Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga as his running mate in the August 9th general elections has seen jubilations and ululations renting the air among her supporters around the country.

Compared to the choice of Nderitu Gachagua as Deputy President William Ruto as his number two, there was virtually nothing to celebrate especially among the youth and the women who make up the largest voting bloc in Kenya. Martha Karua’s choice was celebrated in virtually all corners of the country including DP Ruto’s perceived stronghold of the Rift Valley.

The most interesting celebration was witnessed in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s home county of Kiambu which has of late been seen as having rebelled against the Presiden and his choice of a successor, Raila Odinga, the celebrations here went on at the wee hours of the following morning.

She once had an acrimonious spat with Raila Odinga’s supporters led by DP William Ruto at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in 2007 when Kibaki’s ‘win’ in that year’s general presidential election was highly contested

Karua is a well-known no-nonsense politician, popularly known by the media fraternity in the country as ‘Kenya’s Iron Lady’. She once had an acrimonious spat with Raila Odinga’s supporters led by DP William Ruto at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in 2007 when Kibaki’s ‘win’ in that year’s general presidential election was highly contested. She was then the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and an ardent supporter of Mwai Kibaki.

Fresh details from DP William Ruto’s camp indicate that as soon as Matha Karua was declared as Raila Odinga’s running mate, the DP and his advisers immediately went back to their drawing board to strategize. They discussed the implications, impact and possible consequences of his presidential bid. Others in the meeting were the Amani National Congress leader (ANC) leader and former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula.

Comparatively, Ruto’s running mate Mr Gachagua is notoriously known for creating controversies and scandals. He is a recent entrant into the Mt. Kenya political landscape where Martha Karua first made a name as a fighter when she secured the Gicugu constituency parliamentary seat.

Reports from Mweiga town in the Kieni constituency say that the women who had gathered to follow the live announcement broke into songs and danced while carrying posters and placards praising women’s leadership. Pauline Gichuki a woman leader described Karua as a tough woman who defied all odds to scale to greater heights and played a major role in the making of the 2010 constitution.

Ms Gichuki was widely quoted saying: “Every little girl around here dreams of becoming a great woman just like Martha’’.

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