Karua asks Azimio candidates to take oath, back stronger candidates ahead of polls
Azimio One Kenya presidential running mate Martha Karua has urged the coalition's supporters to adopt a six-piece voting pattern to ensure the team gets a majority of members in parliament and counties.
Speaking at a rally in Kikuyu town, Kiambu County, she said the voting pattern will give the Azimio administration strength to run government efficiently.
The Narc Kenya leader asked weak candidates within Azimio partner parties to drop their bids in favour of strong candidates ahead of the polls.
In cases where multiple candidates are eyeing a similar position, Karua called on the politicians to sit down and agree on a single candidate to fly the Azimio flag in the forthcoming polls.
She said the candidates have two days to resolve the impasse that has rocked various parts of the country.
"If we put three candidates on the ticket, and our opponents front one candidate, we shall lose because that will be like voting for our rivals," she said.
"Tumepatia hawa candidates wetu siku mbili wakae chini, wakule kiapo mtu mmoja awachwe (We have given our candidates two days to sit down, take an oath and let one person represent the coalition. We shall listen to them... we won't impose a candidate on anyone," Karua said to cheers from the crowd.
Karua vows to deal with corrupt leaders
At the same time, the 'Iron Lady,' as she is famously known, promised that the Azimio administration will prioritize the war against graft if elected.
She said the Azimio administration led by Raila Odinga will not tolerate any form of corruption.
Karua revisited remarks by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the country loses Ksh2 billion daily through corruption, promising to deal with the vice firmly.
"Ukiona mimi pamoja na Raila hapo, Jua hakuna kucheka wakati was kazi. (Raila and I will work tirelessly to protect government resources). There will be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption", she told a huge crowd in Kikuyu town.
Karua was flanked by Kiambu governor James Nyoro and a host of politicians from the Mt Kenya region.