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IEBC clears Raila Odinga and Martha Karua by to run for Presidency

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party presidential Aspirant Raila Odinga has been cleared by the IEBC to vie in the August 9, 2022 General Election.

Odinga appeared before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on Sunday, June 5.

His running mate, Martha Karua, who is the NARC-Kenya Party leader, was also cleared to run for deputy president under the Azimio coalition party.

The duo provided at least 48,000 signatures from 24 counties, minimum educational qualifications, proof that they are duly registered voters and proof of meeting the integrity test alongside the presence of party supporters like Kalonzo Musyoka, Charity Ngilu and many delegates, family and friends too.

This marks the fifth time that Raila Odinga, a long-time opposition leader, is taking a stab at the presidency.

He unsuccessfully ran in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017 general elections.

The two are regarded as Kenya’s second liberation heroes, with each playing a role in championing human rights and multi-party democracy.

Should Odinga win the presidential contest in August, Kenya will have its first woman vice/deputy president.

By Purity Nyang’ara

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