The Martha Wangare Karua Political Phenomenon Erupts In Kenya

Azimio la Umoja DP nominee Martha Karua

The Martha Karua phenomenon appears to have had an explosive effect on the electorate in Mount Kenya region, she also seems to have had a huge effect on the women voter nationally, attracting admirers from all over the country

By The Weekly Vision

Within a few days of being picked as Raila Odinga’s running mate in the Azimio Alliance, Martha Karua hit the campaign trail targeted at Central Kenya.

The move has since seen a dramatic turnaround among the people from the region in support of Mr Odinga’s presidential bid. She has been traversing the region ever since she was officially announced as the DP nominee on the steps of Kenyatta International Convention Centre by Mr Odinga.

 Mount Kenya is a region with the country’s largest registered number of voters which had been in the grips of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Deputy William Ruto. However, the Martha Karua phenomenon appears to have had an explosive effect on the electorate in the region. Martha Karua also seems to have had a huge effect on the women voter nationally attracting admirers from across the country, from the Coast, Eastern, North Eastern, and Nairobi, Nyanza and Western and DP Ruto’s home ground of the Rift Valley regions.

Comparatively Gachagua’s choice as DP Ruto’s running mate fell way below expectations among voters in the region because Mr Gachagua is a political novice in the Kenya region, whereas Karua’s influence effectively cuts across the entire region

Emerging details show that young voters have been turning around in support of Ms Karua who may become the country’s first-ever Deputy President since independence if Azimio clinches the Presidency in August. “There has been a tremendous change in how people from Mount Kenya view the Raila/Karua ticket of late. The women, youths especially girls have fully embraced the ticket as we head into the elections. It is clear that her performance in the region has convinced voters far outclassing that of Ruto-Gachagua’s team,” said a former senior leader of the GEMA association. The official who requested not to be named said that the fact that this time around the region is not fielding a presidential candidate of note means that Karua is their ‘torchbearer’.

He said: “Comparatively Gachagua’s choice as DP Ruto’s running mate fell way below expectations among voters in the region because Mr Gachagua is a political novice in the Kenya region, whereas Karua’s influence effectively cuts across the entire region.”

Karua is also the leader of NARC-Kenya, a party that played a central role in the Moi succession politics not to mention her involvement in the second liberation, the return of multi-party politics whereas Gachagua was nowhere near on Kenya’s political landscape. He was then serving as a District Officer in various parts of the country under a regime which gave him the financial clout mostly from questionable sources.

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