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Wavinya Ndeti files appeal at High Court on IEBC ruling

Machakos county governorship candidate Wavinya Ndeti has filed an appeal at the High Court in Nairobi after she was disqualified by the electoral commmission on a technicality.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati nullified Ms Ndeti’s nomination on Thursday on grounds that she was a member of two political parties – the Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) and Wiper.

Ms Ndeti has since insisted that she relinquished her membership in CCU when she entered into an agreement with Wiper and could thus not be said to belong to two parties.

Wiper supporters in Machakos have reacted with fury to the disqualification of Ms Wavinya Ndeti as the party’s governorship candidate.

PEOPLE BEHIND HER TROUBLES

Ms Ndeti on Thursday named Senator Johnson Muthama, Governor Alfred Mutua and Wamunyu Ward MCA Kyalo Kyuli as the people behind her troubles and exuded confidence that she will overcome the hurdles.

“I urge my supporters to remain calm. They should not be worried because I am not worried,” said Ms Ndeti.

Ms Ndeti called on her supporters to remain calm as she appeals the IEBC decision.

Machakos residents interviewed by Daily Nation accused Governor Mutua and Senator Muthama of frustrating Ms Ndeti’s bid and vowed not to vote for any of the other governorship candidates.

They threatened to hold demonstrations to ensure Ms Ndeti is on the ballot.

“We are saddened by the decision and we advise Wiper to appeal as we fully support Wavinya Ndeti,” said Mr Charles Kang’ethe a resident of Yatta Constituency.

DISAPPOINTED

Mr Anthony Ngesa, a resident of Mwala Constituency, said he was disappointed by the ruling insisting that Ms Ndeti had twice won in the Wiper nominations and was headed to become the next governor of Machakos County.

Chama Cha Uzalendo Party Vice-Chairman, who is also the Yatta MP Francis Mwangangi, said documents showing the changes were forwarded to the Registrar of Political Parties in time and it was upon the registrar to effect the changes.

“As the CCU National Vice-Chairman I want to confirm that Ms Wavinya Ndeti resigned as the party leader the moment she signed an agreement with Wiper party,” said Mr Mwangangi.

POLITICAL WITCH-HUNT

Mr Mwangangi termed Ms Ndeti’s disqualification as political witch-hunt orchestrated by three men against a widow.

Mr Mwangangi said it is Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka who is being targeted in the entire scheme.

Other candidates in the Machakos race are Dr Alfred Mutua (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Bernard Kiala (independent) and Lemmi Muia (Jubilee Party).