Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof. Kithure Kindiki has chimed in on the Monday unveiling of Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua as Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga’s running mate ahead of the August General Elections.

Though the coming together of Karua and Odinga marks the formation of a formidable alliance, Kindiki is not convinced that it will affect Deputy President William Ruto’s prospects of carrying the day in the vote-rich Mt. Kenya region.The outgoing Tharaka Nithi Senator, who recently announced that he will not be seeking any elective seat at the August polls after missing out on the chance to become DP Ruto’s running mate, was speaking on Citizen TV’s NewsNight show on Tuesday.

“I have crossed paths with Martha Karua. I have worked with her briefly in the Ministry of Justice. I know her as a person and as a professional. She is my senior in the legal profession, she is decent and I have a lot of respect for her,” he said.

“I doubt she will be able to turn the tide of UDA and Kenya Kwanza, not even in Kirinyaga. She will not withstand the tide of Kenya Kwanza. It is too strong,” he said.

According to Kindiki, DP Ruto has already endeared himself to the people of the region and as such Karua, despite being a Kirinyaga native, will find it difficult to sell the Azimio agenda to people he says already embraced Kenya Kwanza.

“For the first time the use of ethnicity as the organizing principle of our politics has been dismantled, so those who think that Karua can turn the tide anywhere because she speaks a certain language are wasting time.”

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