ODM Party leader Raila Odinga’s move to pick Martha Karua to be his running mate in the August, 9 presidential contest continues to receive endorsement from women across the country.
Raila unveiled the Narc-Kenya Party leader as his running mate in an elaborate event held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi.
The two will vie under the Azimio la Moja- One Kenya Coalition Party as they face off with their arch rivals in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance led by Deputy President William Ruto.
Kongowea Market Women Traders in Mombasa have thrown their weight behind them saying the duo was better placed to take Kenya to the next level.
“Raila has dignified Kenyan women, we shall return the good gesture by ensuring that we mobilise our fellow women to vote for Azimio,” said Kongowea Women Traders Chair Lady Afusa Bakari.
Bakari said that where a woman sits, everything goes well because they are good at planning and implementing.
She further called on the youth to shun politician’s hell bent on using them to cause political violence.
“During violence it is women who get hurt the most, I urge our youth to be wary of politicians who want to use them to disrupt peace,” she said.
Mariam Abdalla, echoed the sentiments as she urged fellow youth to maintain peace during the election period.
“Many youth are jobless; let us use this opportunity to put in office leaders who will strive to deal with the issue’
“Elections come and go after every five years, don’t allow yourself to be bought and sell your conscience too,” she said.
Another Woman activist Yakubeth Akoth said Odinga’s pick is historic and clears the path that one day a woman will occupy the statehouse.
She described Karua as a woman of integrity saying that Kenyan women had no doubt she will deliver beyond expectations.
“This time round women will have a voice in the statehouse, she has passed the integrity test and we have no doubt that she will help Raila weed out corruption in government,” said Akoth.
In 2009, Karua who was serving as for Constitutional affairs Cabinet minister under the grand coalition government between Raila and former president the late Mwai Kibaki resigned her post.
Tendering her resignation then, she said she chose to quit as she could no longer execute her duties due to frustrations from ‘other quarters’.
The women also lauded Raila’s move to pick outgoing Mombasa governor Hassan Joho to serve as cabinet secretary for lands if he wins the presidency in August.