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Wiper embroiled in Machakos ticket row while Maendeleo Chap Chap gains ground

"Political parties and their election boards must take responsibility for the kind of leaders they give Kenyans in the next five years...I shall pursue both legal and political measures if the mishandling of the gubernatorial nomination persists," he said.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 26 Apr 2017 16:57 EAT

Mr Kiala addresses supporters at a meeting last month.

The decision by the Wiper Democratic Movement to give a direct to Machakos gubernatorial aspirant Wavinya Ndeti could be headed to the courts unless the party's dispute resolution mechanism can assure one of Ms Ndeti's opponents about the legality of her nomination.

Machakos deputy governor Bernard Kiala, a loyal member of the Wiper party who was bypassed by the party's leadership in handing the ticket to Ms Ndeti, has launched a legal offensive to have the nomination overturned, arguing that WDM did not afford its members equal opportunity to contest for the ticket.

Mr Kiala's team of lawyers led by veteran advocate John Khaminwa yesterday petitioned the Machakos High Court to interdict Ms Ndeti's nomination but the court advised them to first exhaust internal dispute resolution mechanisms. The lawyers were to file an objection to the nomination with Wiper party today. 

"Political parties and their election boards must take responsibility for the kind of leaders they give Kenyans in the next five years," Mr Kiala said, holding that the party was not being open in the manner it conducted the nomination. "I shall pursue both legal and political measures if the mishandling of the gubernatorial nomination persists," he said.

As the Wiper party was embroiled in internal disputes, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, a renegade Wiper member who is defending the seat on the ticket his newly-founded Maendeleo Chap Chap outfit, finalised the nomination of party candidates for key county and parliamentary seats in the region in readiness for the official campaigns.

The case by Mr Kiala is believed to enjoy the support of Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama, and was brought up by the same lawyers who have been acting for Mr Muthama in some of the suits he faces, including Mr Khaminwa and a partner from Siaya senator James Orengo's law firm.

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