Nairobi — Presidential contender Musalia Mudavadi of the Amani coalition has named outgoing Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni his running mate for the March 4 general election.
Mudavadi says he arrived at the decision after painstaking reflection from an initial list of 100 people. He says that his choice was not influenced by tribe and politics of numbers.
"I took a deliberately long time to name my running mate; I widely consulted extensively in my selection... there were many options and I am certain to disappoint many others who felt that they were qualified," Mudavadi said.
The deputy premier who made the announcement at the United Democratic Forum party secretariat said that he was looking for a Kenyan who is a soul mate; one who can compliment and challenge him as president.
Kioni, while accepting his nomination, said he was equal to the task of deputising Mudavadi as they seek the mandate to effect reform in the country.
He said that he had come to love the Mudavadi brand as a leader who is humble, non-tribal in his approach to national issues and committed to development.
"What has stopped us from confronting our challenges is not the absence of policies or sensible plans but the failure of committed leadership, the smallness of our politics and the ease with which we are distracted by the petty and the trivial," he said in his acceptance speech.