Joe Mucheru, the Cabinet Secretary for ICT claims Raila Odinga has reaffirmed his lead since picking Martha Karua as his running mate in the August General Elections.
Mucheru suggested that reports from his sources indicate an overwhelming increase in numbers in favor of the duo against the Kenya Kwanza Brigade.
He further insists that, when the DP Ruto selected Rigathi Gachaua as his running mate, the votes in the Mt. Kenya region shifted allegiance to the Azimio La Umoja Coalition.During an Interview with one of the Kenyans TV brands, on 12th June 2022, the CS insisted that research reports puts Raila at a 64% of the total national support.
“There are several reports that I continue to see and those numbers continue to change.The numbers are actually in favour of Raila Odinga. It is now over 64%,” said Mucheru.
Martha Karua Effect
The CS linked the increase of the Raila’s presidential bid to the choosing of Narc Kenya , party leader Martha Karua as a cause for the change in numbers in Azimio’s favor. Ms Karua has been traversing different counties drumming up votes towards their presidential aspirations through the Azimio la Umoja ticket.
Karua as Raila’s running mate, Mucheru expressed confidence that Azimio will gunner more that 50% of votes from Mt. Kenya. Also, he further attributed Kalonzo Musyoka’s returning to the Azimio coalition as a key gainer and a significant addition.
At first, the Wiper Leader had opted to run for presidency after losing the running mate position to Martha Karua.However, he later resolved to support Raila with a promise to become the chief minister in the Azimio Government.
It is worth noting that this will be a third time Kalonzo Musyoka supports the former Prime Minister on running for Presidency and two times as a presidential running mate.