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Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 18:30 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama is having the last laugh in the contest for the local governorship after the IEBC's disputes resolution tribunal nullified Wiper party candidate Wavinya Ndeti's nomination following a complaint by an ordinary citizen.
MCA Peter Kyalo filed a petition alleging that Ms Ndeti did not qualify to run for the seat she was a member of two political parties concurrently: the Wiper party led by Kalonzo Musyoka and her own Chama Cha Uzalendo, from which she didn't resign when she joined Wiper to fly the popular party's flag in the upcoming elections.
"This committee has considered submissions from both parties and has come to the conclusion that the complaint has merit and is therefore allowed", IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said early today.
Mr Kyalo had claimed that Ms Ndeti remained a member and party leader of CCU while being allowed to run as a stranger to participate in Wiper party primaries, in violation of the Elections Act.
The tribunal further heard that Ms Ndeti became a member of Wiper on April 6, a day after the defection deadline, and that her nomination was irregular and unlawful.
However, the candidate dismissed the claims made before the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal, saying her nomination was valid. But she could not substantiate the position by proving the dates of her resignation from CCU.
The nullification of Ms Ndeti's nomination will be music to Muthama's ears, given that the senator fell out with Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka who sanctioned the MoU between his party and CCU against Muthama's counsel.