Last week the political field was very busy, a lot transpired. From ‘Bullfighter’ Boni Kwalwale dropping out of the Kakamega gubernatorial race to back Senator Cleophas Malala, to former Member of Parliament for Gichugu Martha Karua aka iron lady joining Azimio La Umoja vehicle driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
The iron lady took sometime before making a political move. Her co-principals in One Kenya Alliance made their political moves leaving many political analysts trying to predict her move. Wiper party Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU leader Gideon Moi joined Azimio La Umoja while ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi and FORD-K leader Moses Wetangula joined Deputy President William Ruto.
Karua being a shrewd politician who understands the game so well had to contemplate the consequences before making a move.
Martha Karua and Raila Odinga together with many other members of Azimio including Siaya Senator James Orengo, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o share reform credentials. Kenyans are now yawning for the third liberation and will view team Azimio as their saviors.
The Kirinyaga gubernatorial aspirant will mean that Raila is likely to harvest more votes from Mt Kenya region since she is the Mt Kenya spokesperson.
Karua is also coming with the women card which is also important to the team she supports. This is likely play out clearly when she is appointed the running mate. It will be easier for women to vote for the team since if the team win she will be the first woman deputy president. Women won’t feel isolated in the political game.
The iron lady has played the political game for long and she understands the corridors of power. She is a good strategist. She played important role in forming former president Mwai Kibaki’s government.
Karua will add more value to Raila’s presidential bid, she is a strong woman politically.