In Kenya, on the morning of this Monday, May 16, Raila Odinga revealed the identify of his candidate within the presidential election. This is the lawyer and former Member of Parliament Martha Karua. She will subsequently be invited to develop into Vice President of the nation, in case of victory subsequent August. The day earlier than, on Sunday, William Ruto, Raila Odinga’s major opponent, additionally put an finish to the strain and nominated MP Rigathi Gachagua as his candidate. In Kenya, the election of a Vice Presidential candidate performs a key position within the end result of the vote.
Unsurprisingly, subsequently, the 2 high presidential candidates have appointed personalities from Mount Kenya to be their candidate. This area is the major reservoir of votes within the nation. Three of the 4 presidents that Kenya has recognized are from there, therefore the significance, for Raila Odinga as for William Ruto, of seducing this voters.
Martha Karua thus turns into the primary lady in Kenya’s historical past to have the option to develop into Vice President, within the occasion of victory. “After 60 years of independence, the male dominance of the executive branch will be unforgivable,” Raila Odinga defined, praising the strife of her vice-presidential candidate.
Martha Karua, recognized for her sturdy character and her outspokenness, has been nicknamed “Iron Lady” in Kenya. When she resigned from the Ministry of Justice in 2009, she condemned, for instance, “interference in the exercise of her functions”.
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RigathiGachagua, Vice-President appointed till Sunday, May 15, by William Ruto, started as private assistant to present President Uhuru Kenyatta between 2001 and 2006, earlier than turning into considered one of his hardest detractors.
He is understood for his monumental fortune and has promised to “free Kenyans from economic oppression” regardless of being prosecuted for corruption in an ongoing case.