Azimio parties invited to nominate candidates for Raila’s DP position
The committee nominated to select a running mate for Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga has invited constituent parties to nominate candidates of their choice fit to deputise Raila.
Speaking on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, the committee chairman Dr Noah Wekesa said that the committee agreed that only candidates from the constituent parties of the Azimio Coalition would be considered for the position.
"The committee requests any constituent party member of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance that wishes to nominate any person for consideration as a candidate for the position of Deputy President of the coalition to submit the name of such a person by close of business day tomorrow," said Wekesa.
"The committee shall only consider candidates who are members of the constituent party members of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance."
This comes at a time there have been wrangles over the mode of selecting the most suitable candidate to be Raila's running mate.
The Wiper Party and its leader Kalonzo Musyoka have opposed the current module of interviewing the interested candidates, terming it as demeaning. The party has already indicated that Kalonzo will not attend any interviews meant to grill him for the position.
Other candidates for the position, who have been silent over the selection model, include NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua, Kitui governor Charity Ngilu, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.
The panel will be testing the candidates against fidelity to the Constitution, integrity in public and private life, discipline and commitment in service to the people, objectivity and impartiality in decision making.
According to a statement issued by the selection panel last week, the candidates should also not have a record of engaging in nepotism, favouritism, other improper motives, or corrupt practices.
Other members of the panel include Bishop Peter Njenga, Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth, Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, Michael Orwa, Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa and Beatrice Askul Moe.
They are expected to present "a name, or names" of the running mate candidate by May 10.