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Has Sabina Chege replaced Karua as Raila’s running mate?

Has Sabina Chege replaced Karua as Raila’s running mate?

By Justus Karanja

Keen political observers will have noticed that Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Wanjiru Chege (2nd, right) has of late become the most visible Mt Kenya leader close to Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

From the looks of things, Sabina has replaced Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua in Azimio’s high table.

For instance during Raila’s trip to US, Sabina was present in all functions the ODM leader attended while Karua was missing in some of them.  

In her speech in Washington DC requesting the Diaspora to rally behind Raila come August 9th 2022, Sabina assured the Diaspora that the issues they raised shall be adequately addressed in Baba's administration.

Two weeks ago, Sabina announced she will not vie for any seat and will instead focus on national politics.

Sabina, who had earlier indicated her ambitions of succeeding Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, was recently gazzetted as a member of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance.

The second-term MP said she had chosen to focus on the future, unlike many politicians who concentrate on the elections.

She said her second term has been difficult as the majority of her supporters criticised her decision to join Azimio, which does not enjoy much support in the county.

“Today, I am here to ask for your blessings to engage in national politics and to explain why I decided to stick with Azimio la Umoja,” she said.

While meeting her supporters at Murang’a Teachers College, Sabina said she has not been coerced to support President Uhuru Kenyatta and is also not out of sycophancy.

She said she has visited most parts of the country to drum up support for Azimio.

She said the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga made it possible for the government to focus on development.

She said without the handshake, the numerous roads, electricity and water projects that have been implemented would have been impossible.

“When the Jubilee government started experiencing difficulties, many made such strong sentiments against the President, yet his efforts were to keep the country united,” she said.

What makes her candidature as Raila running mate appealing is that she comes from Murang’a, which has been demanding the position of Kikuyu kingpin after Uhuru exits the stage. 

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