Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition flag bearer and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has picked former Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister and NARC Kenya Party leader Martha Karua as his running mate in the upcoming August General Election.
Karua will serve as the Deputy President and Cabinet Secretary in charge of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
“History is calling us to produce our first female Deputy President,” Odinga explained in detail.
Karua is a renowned Kenyan political leader, human rights defender and reform champion with a deep commitment to social justice, the rule of law and the building of accountable institutions.
A lawyer by profession, Karua started her law career in 1981 as a Magistrate, before venturing into private practice as a founding partner of one of the most successful women-led law firms of the time- Martha Karua & Co. Advocates.
She was the first woman elected Member of Parliament in Gichugu constituency paving the way for the election of women in Kirinyaga.
For more than six years, Martha served as a Minister in the Government of Kenya in charge of various portfolios.
Between 2005 and 2009, she was Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, under whose watch Kenyan new and most progressive constitutional dispensation was promulgated.
Candidates who appeared for vetting include former Vice President (VP) and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua (Narc-Kenya), former actress and radio presenter who is the Murang’a Women’s representative Sabina Chege (Jubilee Party), former assistant minister Peter Kenneth (Jubilee Party) Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho (ODM) and ex- Emgwen MP Stephen Tarus (National Liberal Party).
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, deputy ODM leader and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui of Ubuntu Party were also interviewed for the position.
KANU Party chairman Gideon Moi who had earlier been shortlisted opted out of the race to endorse Kalonzo.