Agnes Kavindu

Senator Johnstone Muthama’s first wife Agnes Kavindu will contest for the Machakos Woman Representative seat in the August 8 General Election.

Susan Maina, Jubilee’s regional coordinator for Nairobi area handed out the nomination certificates Kavindu and 34 others in Machakos on Monday morning.

Kavindu went on to thank the ruling party for paving the way for her to contest for the position. She said she was ready to represent women and the special groups of Machakos at the National Assembly if elected.

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“I want to thank the Jubilee team for giving me this opportunity. I promise to deliver in Jesus name. I am grateful to Jubilee Party for choosing women and standing with them and I know the women of Machakos will stand with me,” said Kavindu upon receiving her nomination certificate.

She is set to face Joyce Kamene (Wiper) Francisca Mutinda (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Jane Ndeti (CCU) and independent candidate Rita Ndunge.

Kavindu, however, declined to take questions from journalists who had camped outside the venue for hours. She said she will give more information after formally launching her campaign before she drove away.

Others who received Jubilee Party nomination certificates include parliamentary aspirants Rose Wambua (Kangundo), Thomas Musau (Matungulu), and Kalembe Ndile (Mavoko).

Kalembe Ndile supported Kavindu’s candidature saying:

“Knowing what many women go through in their families, I am sure she will fight for those who have been abused by their husbands.”

Senator aspirant Winfred Mutua said women were up to the task of representing the people of Machakos.

“We don’t expect favors. We will present ourselves to the people who will decide.”

Agnes Kavindu’s entry into elective politics has triggered a new wave of political excitement, given that her former husband had been at the center of the region’s political storm pitting him against Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

“A culture of killing democracy has emerged in our party and repression has been promoted,” he said in a statement after he revealed he quit his party and would not defend his seat.