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Raila opens up on how he first met Martha Karua

ODM leader Raila Odinga revisited his journey with NARC Kenya party leader Martha Karua.

Speaking in Nairobi at Serena Hotel on Wednesday, Raila recounted his relationship with Martha Karua during the fight for the country's second liberation.

He noted that at one time when he was being sought after by the police, the NARC Kenya party leader convened lawyers to escort him to the Central Police Station.

"Martha marshalled lawyers, including the current Chief Justice Martha Koome, to escort me from Agip house. We marched together to the police station because they were looking for me all over the place," Raila said.

"I submitted myself to the police, but the officers claimed that they were not looking for me. However, that was an excuse because they wanted to come and arrest me at my home at night." 

Raila stated that Karua was at the centre of the fight for multiparty democracy and has paid the price.

He revealed that she offered free legal services to those who were charged in court.

"She was a general of the fight and bears the scars of the battle. Karua was one of the few people who stood up to tell the government of the day the truth and even gave free legal service for the many individuals apprehended haphazardly," Raila revealed.

Recounting their political journey, the former Prime Minister noted that the former Cabinet Minister was present during the formation of the Ford party, and the two walked together until she was first elected as a member of Parliament in 1992.

"When we formed Ford, she was with us. She eventually ended up in DP, where she became among the first women to be elected as an MP."

Raila admitted that their relationship, just like any other, has had its own fair share of challenges that they have managed to walk through.

On Wednesday, Martha Karua officially joined the Azimio la Umoja coalition led by Raila.

Speaking during a joint presser with the Azimio leader, Karua said Raila is her preferred successor in the 2022 race.

"I'm here to confirm that from now onwards, Narc Kenya and I are supporting the Azimio la Umoja flagbearer Raila Odinga for the presidency," she said.

Karua declared that she will henceforth hit the road to drum up support of Raila's presidential bid.

She lauded the opposition chief as the best bet for the country, saying she is ready to rally her supporters behind him.

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