NAIROBI, Kenya, June 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has gone all out to campaign once again for his preferred successor Raila Odinga, clearly symbolizing the idea that the August 9 political battle is a contest between running mates.
President Kenyatta held up the gender card as bait when he asked the electorate to vote for Azimio coalition running mate Martha Karua to promote women’s leadership.
“In August this year, if the Kenyan electorate so desires, we have a chance to elect a woman and break the glass ceiling by assuming the second highest office in the republic of Kenya,” said President Kenyatta.
The Jubilee party leader said now is the time to have women in the highest ranks of leadership 59 years after independence after helping to liberate the country from colonialism.
“If our women took part in the liberation struggle, we owe it to them and to us and we are proud to be part of this initiative”, declared the Head of State.
The head of state explained how his regime over the past ten years has benefited from being appointed to a key government post, including writing history after Chief Justice Martha Koome was appointed the first woman in the third arm of government.
“We have three branches of government and one is headed by a woman after 58 years of independence in May 2021. I had the profound honor of being the first president of the republic to begin and address with greetings from Madam Chief Justice Martha Koome,” said President Kenyatta.
Women leaders have reaped big in the battle for county seats, with gubernatorial candidates choosing them as running mates.
Based on the nominations, August polls could see an unprecedented number of women running for county seats, particularly for deputy governor.
Reports indicate that the upcoming August 9 elections are a battle between United Democratic Alliance vice-presidential candidate Rigathi Gachagua and Karua.
The appointment of Gachagua and Karua as the running mates of the two leading presidential candidates has opened the way for a comparison on who of the two is best placed to lead the Mount Kenya region politically.