Wavinya Ndeti clinches Wiper ticket to challenge Mutua in contested poll
Wavinya Ndeti has secured the Wiper Party ticket to contest for the Machakos County gubernatorial position in the forthcoming August polls.
Wavinya garnered 299,312 votes to clinch the ticket in the controversial Wiper Party primaries which her only competitor, Bernard Kiala, boycotted.
Kiala had moved to court and obtained an order stopping the exercise citing a ploy between Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Ms Ndeti to lock him out.
The gubernatorial nominations for Machakos County have threatened to shake unity of the party with influential figures supporting different candidates for the seat.
Kiala seemed as the party’s favourite to wrestle the seat from Dr. Alfred Mutua until Wiper entered into a pact with Ms Ndeti’s Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU).
During the signing of the pact, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka indicated that Ms Ndeti would be handed direct ticket, a decision that has raised political temperatures within the party.
Machakos Senator, Johnstone Muthama, a close ally of Musyoka, has severally opposed Ms Ndeti’s candidature in support of Kiala.
Alfred Mutua won the seat in the 2013 General Election on a Wiper Party ticket but has since ditched the party for his own Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC), which he will use to defend the seat.
Shortly after election, Mutua fell out with his deputy, Bernard Kiala.
Written by Moses Ngugi