William Ruto and Raila Odinga chose their running mates for the 2022 presidential election from the electorally significant Mt. Kenya area in April of this year.
While the former prime minister chose Martha Karua, the leader of the Narc Kenya party, as his running mate, Ruto chose Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.
As he fought for a piece of the sizable Mt. Kenya voting bloc, which had rejected him in his previous four attempts, Raila chose Karua.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s handshake partner, Raila Odinga, made a special pitch to inhabitants of Mount Kenya on Tuesday to vote for him.
“I am aware that residents of this area have not consistently supported (Raila) Odinga in elections. But this time, I kindly request that you support him by voting for him on my behalf,” Martha Karua stated.
Speaking in her own county of Kirinyaga, Karua rallied support for the opposition’s longest-serving figure by asserting that he has the answers to Kenya’s problems.
She pledged to adequately represent the residents of Mount Kenya in the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya government that Raila Odinga will build.
She promised to completely represent her constituents in Odinga’s administration and to vote for the Azimio presidential candidate.
Just a few days prior, the former Gichugu MP urged legislators in the Mt. Kenya area who supported the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya alliance to resist intimidation and either support Raila’s candidacy for the State House or resign.
Either you join us or you don’t.
When it comes to the presidential contest, some politicians in Azimio seek for votes while telling voters to make their own decisions. This is something we will not tolerate, said Martha Karua.