16 January 2013

Kenya: Kenneth Picks Osumba As Running Mate

Nairobi — Eagle Alliance presidential flag bearer Peter Kenneth has named Ronnie Osumba his running mate for the March 4 election, a man he says shares common values of addressing issues affecting the country.

"In selecting a running mate, we have been guided by shared values. Ronnie Osumba is the Eagle Alliance's choice of my running mate. He is 33 years old," said Kenneth.

The duo have pledged to address challenges such as food insecurity, education reforms, unemployment, healthcare and negative ethnicity, which Kenneth says is an excuse for poor leadership in Kenya.

Osumba said the Eagle ticket represents a new way of leadership founded on integrity and service.

"Peter Kenneth's record speaks for itself. And it is this man that I stand by as we seek to become the next government. I want a new direction for my country," said Osumba in his acceptance speech. "I want to ensure that every able bodied person has employment."

Party of Action leader Raphael Tuju dropped his bid in favour of Kenneth but will continue chairing the coalition.

The selection of Osumba as Kenneth's running mate came as a surprise to many who expected it to be Tuju, a former advisor of President Kibaki.

Osumba, a Starehe Boys' alumni, holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Moi University and has worked for Safaricom as Head of Public Sector Sales.

Narc Kenya's Martha Karua and Musalia Mudavadi are yet to announce their running mates.

Karua has continuously stated that she will do so before the stipulated timeline for party lists submission.

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