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.
— Hon.Wavinya Ndeti (@Wavinya_Ndeti) June 21, 2017
Here are some of the comments following the land,mark ruling.
How Dr. Alfred Mutua is viewing news about Wavinya Ndeti clearance by Justice Odunga pic.twitter.com/20ETZh9JlF
— Surae Amos (@AmosSurae) June 21, 2017
Trust Me: Wavinya Ndeti will be the next Waiguru if elected as Machakos County Governor, I don’t trust this lady, better Mutua or Lemi Muia
— MACHAKOS FINEST (@Minish_ke) June 21, 2017
Believe when I say the Judicial arm is the only Independent organ in this Country with Wavinya Ndeti being the beneficiary of a just system
— George Alwang’a (@KingsG98) June 21, 2017
Congratulations Hon. Wavinya Ndeti. But just a minute, did I hear you say ” ….Yaliyo Ndwele tupite…….?” Someone help.
— Bramwel Apwoka (@BApwoka) June 21, 2017
Alfred Mutua should work on resuming his former office of Government Spokesman as Wavinya Ndeti becomes next Governor of Machakos County
— Nelson Havi (@NelsonHavi) June 21, 2017
Alfred Mutua right now after realizing Wavinya Ndeti is cleared to vie on Aug 8th polls pic.twitter.com/8da0wHCTXt
— Frank Wanga™? (@Frank_Wanga) June 21, 2017
Wavinya Ndeti’s woes prove incumbents are still disproportionately advantaged at polls relative to non-incumbents in emerging democracies
— Leon Lidigu (@LeonLidigu) June 21, 2017
Wavinya ndeti after winning the machakos Gubernatorial seat today ?. Mutua is finished. Back to government spokes person. pic.twitter.com/9M1iNRLZhA
— J M (@Mulaku_Ke) June 21, 2017
Wavinya Ndeti is the next Machakos Governor this is not debatable.
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) June 21, 2017
Can Opponents & Mercenaries hired to stop Wavinya Ndeti end their futile schemes? Wavinya Ndeti is the next Governor of Machakos. Period.
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) June 21, 2017
The Wavinya Ndeti Saga shows IEBC Is taking instructions from State House instead of following the Law. Very Miserable Toys #fb
— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@C_NyaKundiH) June 21, 2017
— maitha mgogo junior (@maitha_masha) June 21, 2017
Someone will be back shooting movies pretty soon,Wavinya Ndeti will get the job done!
— Mwendwa Mbithi (@MwendwaMbithiKE) June 21, 2017
What Did Dr Alfred Mutua Do To Deserve This Forthcoming Shameful Defeat By Hon. Wavinya Ndeti??
— Philemon Anthony (@PHILEM0NANTHONY) June 21, 2017
— Hon. Fredrick Omondi (@HonFredrick) June 21, 2017
— Nicholas Mati (@mati_isamu) June 10, 2017
This is how Gov. Alfred Mutua was when he received news that Wavinya Ndeti will be in the ballot come August 8… pic.twitter.com/yl55jpXbUi
— Kasunye Ka Luvengo (@KLuvengo) June 11, 2017
Bladi Nyeff Nyeff, Sijui Machakos Metropolis, Sijui Sky crappers, Sijui F1 races. Kumbe ilikuwa Ndoto tu ya cinema. Welcome @Wavinya_ndeti
— Nicholas (@NicholasOsitu) June 21, 2017