It was a huge boost for Kalonzo Musyoka and Wiper party yesterday after their candidate for the Machakos gubernatorial seat, Wavinya Ndeti, was cleared to run.

The High Court overturned an earlier ruling by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Tribunal barring her from running for the seat.

The IEBC’s disputes tribunal had ruled that Wavinya committed an electoral offence by being a member of two political parties, namely Wiper and her own Chama Cha Uzalendo, and therefore nullified her candidature.

But at the Kilimani Law Court yesterday, Justice George Odunga, ruled that the IEBC Tribunal had no powers to nullify the decision by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal that cleared Wavinya to vie for the Machakos governor seat on a Wiper Party ticket.

In his ruling, Justice Odunga further faulted the IEBC for not investigating the coalition agreement between the Chama Cha Uzalendo and Wiper party.

After the ruling, an emotional Wavinya Ndeti was spotted making the sign of the cross to thank God.

Speaking to journalists, she said that IEBC could have consulted with the relevant authorities to save them this shame.

“IEBC need to be fair, if they could have consulted the Registrar of Political Parties, we could not have reached here. Today it has been seen that Kenya is bigger than Chebukati. All this is now the past I have forgiven IEBC, and I urge them to conduct free and fair elections in August. I want to thank people of Machakos for standing strong with me,” said Wavinya.

 


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