When they unveiled their running mates ahead of the 16 May deadline, Ruto and Raila singled out personal attributes and achievement in public service as the main factors that influenced their choice of deputy.
“He is a fantastic grassroots mobiliser. A living example of a true hustler who rose from the hardship of the aftermath of our freedom struggle to the pinnacle of professional business and political success,” Ruto said in reference to Rigathi Gachagua.
With regards to his choice of former Justice Minister Martha Karua, Raila said: “This woman is a fighter and not a quitter. This woman has a safe pair of hands. This woman we offer as deputy president is also known to have credible credentials for the fight for our second liberation.”
However, what Raila and Ruto did not make public is the fact that their choice of running mate was influenced by the integral part that Mt. Kenya
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