Court makes landmark ruling in Wavinya Ndeti case

Wiper Party’s gubernatorial hopeful Wavinya Ndeti will vie in August 8, 2017 polls after the High Court sitting in Nairobi on Wednesday, June 21 overturned an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Tribunal ruling barring her from running for the Machakos top seat.

An IEBC Tribunal, led by Chairman Wafula Chebukati, had ruled that Wavinya committed an electoral offence by being a member of two political parties at the same time and therefore nullifying her candidature.

Justice George Odunga, however, ruled that the IEBC Tribunal had no powers to nullify the decision by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal that cleared Wavinya to vie for the Machakos governor seat on a Wiper Party ticket.

In his ruling, Justice Odunga further faulted the IEBC committee for not investigating the coalition agreement between the Chama Cha Uzalendo and Wiper party.

Justice Odunga has now directed the IEBC to include Wavinya’s name on the ballot for the August 8 polls.

Speaking after the ruling, Wavinya said that IEBC could have consulted with the relevant authorities to save them this shame.

“IEBC need to be fair, if they could have consulted the Registrar of Political Parties, we could not have reached here. Today it has been seen that Kenya is bigger than Chebukati. All this is now the past I have forgiven IEBC, and I urge them to conduct a free and fair elections in August. I want to thank people of Machakos for standing strong with me,” said a seemingly happy Wavinya.