Former Kathyani Member of Parliament Wavinya Ndeti has urged her supporters to remain calm, assuring them that she would be in the August 8 polls despite being axed by the IEBC.
Ndeti spoke for the first time on Friday 9th June after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Dispute Tribunal revoked her Wiper gubernatorial nomination certificate.
The IEBC’s decision came following a deliberation on a petition issued by Wanyumu Member of County Assembly (MCA) Kyalo Peter Kyuli which alleged that Ndeti belonged to two political parties as against the Elections Act.
Ndeti called on her outraged supporters to remain calm as her lawyers are set to launch an appeal to the High Court against the IEBC ruling. Despite the IEBC’s conclusion, Ndeti remains that she is not a member of two political parties.
“I urge all our supporters to remain calm as we pursue the legal channels for the good of Machakos County and its citizens”, she wrote on her Facebook page. Speaking on phone to Nation, she said; “they (my supporters) should not be worried because I am not worried.”
Defending her claims, Ndeti said; “When I was cleared by the IEBC, they checked which party I belonged to. I did not belong to two parties. That is the truth and the truth will eventually prevail.”
Ndeti firmly accused Machakos incumbent Alfred Mutua, his Deputy Benard Kiala and Senator Johnstone Muthama as the people plotting evil against her. She further claimed that she has evidence to prove her statement and thus is sure that the issue will be resolved in her favor.
“I have evidence that proves that Kiala, Mutua and Muthama are the ones doing this to me. If anything happens to Wavinya, it is because of them and they will be answerable. They are the ones who don’t want me to be governor,” Ndeti said.
Supporting Ndeti’s claim of not having dual party membership is Chama Cha Uzalendo Party Vice-Chairman Francis Mwangangi who said that the former MP followed due process to leave the party before joining the Wiper party.
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“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,” Mwangangi said.
Mwangangi added that Ndeti was being targeted by opposition who want to get at Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, the current NASA Deputy flagbearer.
Following the IEBC ruling, Musyoka accused the opposition Jubilee party of staging a foul play to axe Ndeti who he says is their strongest contender in the forthcoming polls.
Ndeti’s supporters have threatened to take to the streets to demonstrate should the matter not be rectified immediately. Some have vowed not to vote for another gubernatorial candidate except Ndeti.
Contesting for the Machakos governorship seat includes incumbent Alfred Mutua, his deputy Benard Kiala and Lemmi Muia.