The Star (Nairobi)

22 January 2013

Kenya: Economist Lotodo Is Karua's Running Mate

NARC Kenya presidential hopeful Martha Karua has picked Augustine Chemonges Lotodo as her running mate. Karua unveiled her running mate at a function attended by a handful of her supporters at her secretariat in Hurligham, unlike the usual fanfare associated with major political parties when making such announcement.

Lotodo, 42, is former member of the East African Legislative Assembly and an ex-director of Lake Victoria North Water Services Board.

He hails from West Pokot, holds a masters degree in economics and is currently pursuing a PHD on the same at an Indian university.

Lotodo, the son of the former minister Francis Lotodo said he will work with Karua to ensure all parts of Kenya get an equal share in the distribution of the national resources.

"I accept this position as a call by the Kenyan people to act and work hard to build this country. Kenyans should expect a just government that will ensure all communities even the minorities are treated equally," he said.

Karua said Narc Kenya picked Lotodo after vigorous consideration. "We have been working hard as party to give Kenyans a candidate who has track record in management of public affairs and resources. We settled on Lotodo because we believe he has what it takes to lead this country," she said.

"We have been under pressure from all communities each requesting that we name one of their own as my running mate but the party chose Lotodo. After further consultation, I have chosen Lotodo as my running mate. I have been looking for somebody who is passionate about Kenya and the ideals of our party," she said.

Karua said presidential flagbearers should not pick running mates on the basis of "tribal arithmetic". "Our competitors have been giving tribal arithmetic a lot of considerations when looking for their running mates but I decided to settle on the person whom we all believe will deal with the issues that affect all Kenyans," she added.

Karua said she is confident they will form the next government. "There are some people who think Karua has no future in the Kenyan politics. They need to know that the next government will be under my management and my team," she said.

She said her government will fight corruption, improve education standards, provide universal healthcare, improve infrastructure and education.

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