Azimio La Umoja Coalition presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga has picked Martha Karua as his running mate ahead of the August 9 General Elections.
Raila made the announcement today at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
Earlier reports had placed Karua ahead of all the other candidates who wanted to deputise Raila.
Karua has said the August 9, election is a moment for women of Kenya to take charge of the leadership of the country.
In her acceptance speech, Karua welcomed the appointment noting the move is a big win for the women of Kenya.
“This is a moment for the women of Kenya. It is a moment my Late friend Wangari Maathai would have been proud of. This is the moment to usher more of us into the national and county leadership.”
The Narc Kenya leader went further and expressed her gratitude for being nominated as running mate.
She expressed commitment to working with Raila in delivering a prosperous Kenya.
“I am deeply honoured by the decision to be nominated as the deputy presidential candidate. It is a personal journey but also a national journey. Today, I recommit myself to fully support his Excellency Raila in his eternal pursuit of social justice and dignity for all.”
“It is only Azimio that can take the people of Kenya forward. We urge you to come and work with us.”
While appointing Karua, Raila described her as na exceptional leader with high principles.
“History is calling us to close the gender gap. As Azimio we have today taken a key step towards that end.,” Raila said.