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Martha Karua It Is! Raila Odinga Picks Firebrand Politician as Running Mate

Martha Karua has been unveiled as Raila Odinga’s running mate in the August 9 poll.

Karua was named by Raila in the unveiling event at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi on May 16, 2022.

Raila said he had been keen to have someone they could share ideology with and one who could be relied on. 

“We have decided that the holder of the Deputy President’s office has to be a woman. I will describe this woman – at the age of 24 she became one of the youngest magistrates. She was also among the youngest parliamentarians when elected to office in 1992

“When I was arrested and placed in detention, she led a team of 27 lawyers who defended me at great personal risk. My dear comrades, I have picked as my running mate, and Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the honourable Martha Wangari Karua,” he announced.

Karua who was shortlisted for the position alongside Peter Munya, Sabina Chege, Peter Kenneth and Kalonzo Musyoka is said to have emerged the best during the interviews for the position.

Karua who boasts a proven record of championing for a progressive and corruption free Kenya started her law career in 1981 as a Magistrate.

She thereafter ventured into private practice as a founding partner of one of the most successful women-led law firms of the time- Martha Karua & Co. Advocates.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Martha Karua PHOTO/COURTESY

Over the years, Karua has cut an image of a 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.

Karua was Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs between 2005 and 2009, a time that birthed Kenyan new constitution in 2010.

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Karua was first elected Member of Parliament for Gichugu in 1992.

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