Narc, Muungano parties endorse Raila’s presidency

Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Ann Kananu (Nairobi), and ODM Leader Raila Odinga during NARC and Muungano joint National Delegate Conference at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

The National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) and Muungano parties led by Governors Charity Ngilu and Kivutha Kibwana respectively have officially endorsed Raila Odinga for the presidency in the August polls.

The two parties held a joint meeting at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi on Friday, and resolved not to field a presidential candidate but instead join forces with the Azimio la Umoja movement.

Narc party leader Charity Ngilu expressed confidence in the choice of Odinga as their preferred candidate, saying the country’s future would be secured.

“We feel our dreams, hopes and resources will be safe in Baba’s hands. As a woman leader and a mother, I know Kenya will be safe in Baba’s hands,” Ngilu told delegates at Bomas.

Ngilu hit out at Deputy President William Ruto’s ‘Hustler movement’ saying that only Raila can steer the country forward.

Odinga, who graced the meeting reminisced of his days in opposition, working together with Ngilu.

“Charity is a fearless woman. I have worked with her before when we were in the opposition,” he said.

The ODM chief called out leaders who have been referring to him as a “government project”, urging his supporter to just laugh it off.

“These people saying Raila is a project…how can I be a project? That is rubbish...,” said Raila, promising to liberate Kenyans economically if elected.

The parties had both held their respective National Delegates Conference (NDC) Friday morning before the joint conference at Bomas.

Raila jetted into the country today for the meeting after a week-long trip abroad.

Several leaders allied to Azimio were in attendance including Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos) Ann Kananu (Nairobi), Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa, and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed.