NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua will be among notable leaders from the Mt Kenya region expected to attend Raila Odinga’s Friday Azimio la Umoja convention at the Kasarani International Stadium tomorrow, Friday 10th.
The Narck Kenya leader, according to sources will be one of the keynote speakers in the event and will be delivering her address on behalf of the Mt Kenya Unity Forum as well as one of the country’s most accomplished women leaders.
Other notable leaders from Mt Kenya who will be attending the event are former presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth, governors Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), James Nyoro (Kiambu), Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), and Nderitu Mureithi (Laikipia) as well as former elected leaders led by former Kiambu county chief William Kabogo.
The Kikuyu Council of Elders has also confirmed attendance through their chairperson Wachira Kago.
On Wednesday evening, the Mt Kenya Foundation at a meeting in Nairobi said they had settled on the former prime minister as the most suitable presidential candidate to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta when he retires next year.
Influential business and political figures under the foundation described Raila as the best bet in ensuring the region’s interests are protected post-Uhuru’s reign.
The foundation had engaged Raila, One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals Gideon Moi (Kanu), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula in their bid to pick the most appropriate candidate.
”“That through Azimio La Umoja, Odinga has demonstrated a willingness to address the interests of our region; secure Kenya’s peace and economy; and safeguard public resources from plunder. That we have no confidence and reject people who proclaim themselves to be our leaders without consulting us and who want to impose leaders on us just like the colonialists once did,” said the foundation in a joint communique read by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya.
During the meeting, Mr. Odinga revisited the close ties between the Luo and Kikuyu two communities, narrating how his late father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga pushed for the release of founding President Jomo Kenyatta.
“The colonialist said you know Kenyatta is senile, you are qualified to be the prime minister, but Jaramogi said no, Kenyatta is our leader. Without unity, we cannot realise the Kenyan dream. Unity means no discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, gender, and religion,” the ODM leader said.