In what is being seen as a Nigerian cartel getting ready to bite Machakos County and spread corruption in the county and the country, Former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti’s quest to become the next Machakos governor on a Wiper party ticket might be hanging in the balance after exposure.
This is after Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati wrote to Chama Cha Uzalendo chairman Maur Bwanamaka informing him that Ms Ndeti is a CCU party leader and not wiper.
Wavinya who has strong blood connections with Nigerians is suspected to be scheming to undermine wiper party members. This has led strong supporters such as Senator Johnson Nduya Muthama and Senator Musila of Kitui County to quit the party in protest. “It has become a norm for people in all aspects of the Nigerian society to constantly engage in obtaining power, influence and other personal gains through illegitimate means. This is not right”, said one wiper party member in Machakos.
In a letter dated May 27, Mr Chebukati also listed Philipe Opiyo as secretary-general and Caroline Malinda as treasurer, citing a decree arising from a Nakuru High Court ruling.
Ms Ndeti resigned in April as the CCU party leader to join Wiper, which is led by Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka, in order to contest the Machakos governorship in a bribery and kick back scheme. The same syndicate saw Kalonzo’s son become a nominee of East African General Assembly as MP in a rapid phase under questionable circumstances at wiper member’s expense.
However, Wavinya said her party will field candidates for other posts. People of Machakos should never condone this behavior from a leader who seem to be following two paths at the same time to gain unjustly in an illegal scheme. Machakos citizens must say “No” to this practice at every turn. The consequences of corruption the world over are universal even if there could be variations in the level of state and non-state responses to these consequences. Simply put: massive corruption in the Nigeria has reduced the amount of money needed for development just as it does in any other political economy. With Wavinya in the helm as Senator Muthama stated, will be the biggest blunder the Kamba Nation has ever made if allowed to be elected as a governor.
The decision has sparked a fight with Mr Bwanamaka, who claims more than 45 CCU candidates are seeking various seats across the country.
Mr Bwanamaka, who is seeking the Kwale County Senate seat, said he has also been locked out as it is the list of 88 aspirants submitted by Ms Ndeti’s faction that has been uploaded on the IEBC website.
Mr Chebukati said unless guided by the court, the commission will engage CCU through the three officials led by Ms Ndeti.
MOVE TO COURT
Mr Bwanamaka said they will move back to court to challenge the new order, saying a person cannot be a member of two parties.
He accused the IEBC of failing to consult with the Registrar of Political Parties on the matter.
Efforts to get Ms Ndeti’s comments on the matter were not fruitful and she did not reply to text messages sent to her.
The new revelations come at a time when the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal has nullified the Wiper party Machakos governorship repeat nominations won by Ms Ndeti.
Her main rival, Bernard Kiala, filed an appeal saying the elections were shambolic.
It its latest ruling, the tribunal has ordered Wiper to directly nominate its preferred candidate for the seat. The party has always been seen to favor Ms Ndeti’s candidature due to money and other promises being shared under the table.