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Raila Handed Chance To Reveal Top 3 Running Mates

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The Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition Raila Odinga’s Running Mate Selection Panel has handed its flagbearer the chance to reveal their top three picks for the Deputy President role.

The panel’s chair, Noah Wekesa, told the media on Thursday, May 12 that they had submitted their final list of the three names to the former Prime Minister who will announce his deputy.

Wekesa however declined to reveal the three names, noting that it will be up to Raila to unveil the three picks and afterwards pick one from the trio to be his running mate. Raila is currently on a campaign tour of the Coastal region.

The Azimio la Umoja seven-member DP selection panel meeting in Nairobi on May 4, 2022. /TWITTER

“The panel has dispatched its final recommendation to the candidate (Raila Odinga) this morning. This follows the inability of the candidate to disengage from the political activity he is engaged in to come to us to receive the report,” Wekesa said.

10 out of the 11 candidates were interviewed for the post, the lone exception being KANU chairman Gideon Moi who withdrew his name because it was submitted without his permission. 

Moi had dropped his own bid for the Deputy President role after he did not turn up for the interviews on Monday, May 9, opting to endorse Kalonzo for the position. The others include:

1. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka – Wiper Party

2. Sabina Chege – Jubilee Party

3. Martha Wangari Karua – Narc Kenya

4. Peter Kenneth – Jubilee Party

5. Ali Hassan Joho – ODM

6. Stephen Kipkiyeny Tarus – National Liberal Party (NLP)

7. Charity Kaluki Ngilu – NARC

8. Governor Lee Kinyanjui

9. Wycliffe Oparanya

10. Peter Munya. 

The three names were submitted based on their performance, with the prospects graded in the order of the marks they got, out of a score of 100.

The committee also disclosed the criteria used to make their final three picks which include constitutional qualification, understanding of government, personality, political acumen, loyalty and compatibility with the coalition’s candidate.

They also evaluated the candidate’s strategic significance as well as the fight against corruption among others.

“The candidates had also to give the panel their understanding of key challenges facing Kenya and their proposals on what should be the Azimio government’s priority upon taking over,” said the panel.

The team also emphasized electability, the capacity for vote mobilization, transformative leadership, dependability, political tolerance and technical expertise in political campaigns.

“All members of the panel participated in the exercise and evaluated each and every candidate. The final decision was reached by averaging the individual contribution of each candidate,” added the panel.

Media reports had indicated that the panel had zeroed in on NARC-Kenya leader Martha Karua, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka in order, as the preferred pick to deputise Raila.

Kalonzo coming in third could have ignited tussles within the Azimio coalition after he had initially affirmed that he would not show up for the interview before he swiftly changed his mind.

“The decision to come was my own because I realized we (Wiper) did not want to give anybody an excuse whatsoever to say we refused to come. I am here and I can tell you it was a wonderful conversation.

“Leaders such as Bishop Njenga, Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth, I looked at that and said why wouldn’t I want to go greet Archbishop Okoth at his age?” he posed.


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