The nomination of Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua as the running mate of Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga has brought a fresh angle to the August 9 State House race, with talk about her chances of succeeding him midstream should they win the poll.
Deputy President William Ruto, on the other hand, settled on Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as his deputy.
Considering that the Mt Kenya region has no strong presidential contender this time, the coming election has brought about confusion, uncertainty and restlessness. This has been amplified by the fact that the vote-rich region has no heir apparent to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It means that the next kingpin will either be Karua or Gachagua, depending on the outcome of the poll.
The stakes are high and both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza Alliance are racing against time to win over the mountain region.
Out of the total votes President Kenyatta and his deputy garnered in the last two general elections, half was from the Mt Kenya region.
Jubilee Party leaders and government-allied political analysts from the region are now trying to drive a new narrative after Karua’s nomination.
They argue that the presidential contest pits Gachagua against Karua and is not necessarily a Ruto versus Raila race.
This writer has watched and listened to debates on Kikuyu TV and radio stations and message is one: They are choosing between Karua and Gachagua.
The analysts also opine that it will be easier to get back power through the Raila-Karua ticket than the Ruto-Gachagua pair.
Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe is on record as saying that Raila will be a one-term President and will then hand over power.
In addition, those pushing the Azimio agenda, citing Raila’s advanced age, argue that anything could happen, and Karua will automatically become the President.
Further, there is a claim that Karua will be in charge of most government operations, with Raila as a trojan horse.
“We, as the Mt Kenya people, must ensure that Ruto does not become the next President. This man is young and can even change the Constitution to extend the term limit. We know Raila is old and we can easily control him,” Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said recently.
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