Former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti,she will fly the Wiper party gubernatorial flag in Machakos/FILE
BY NAMULONGO PETER,COPRRESPONDENT,MACHAKOS,1ST MAY 2017-Former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti will now fly the Wiper party gubernatorial flag in Machakos after she emerged winner in a nomination exercise that was contested by her rival, deputy governor Bernard Kiala. The county returning officer Jacob Mutula declared Wavinya the winner after she garnered 299,312 votes against Kiala’s 4,663 sparking a wild celebration by Wavinya’s supporters. But Kiala, who had earlier moved to the political parties tribunal to challenge the hurriedly convened nomination exercise for the gubernatorial seat dismissed Wavinya’s win, terming the nomination an exercise in futility. “I cannot participate in an illegality, because the political parties court had already issued an injunction against the exercise following my petition, and therefore the exercise was null and void according to me,” said Kiala. The tribunal, in a ruling dated April 29, 2017, had ordered for the postponement of the party’s planned primaries which were carried out on Sunday, and convened an interparty hearing on May 3, 2017 when all parties would be heard.
Kiala has been protesting Wiper’s decision to endorse Wavinya as the gubernatorial candidate and the outgoing East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP as her running mate, and had vowed to ‘stage a fight within the party to ensure free and fair nominations were conducted to pick the party’s candidate who will face off with the incumbent, Alfred Mutua in the August 8 election.