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Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 19:04 EATcgitau@kenyafreepress.com
A petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal just hours after Justice George Odunga quashed IEBC’s decision to bar Wavinya Ndeti from contesting the Machakos gubernatorial seat. That means Ms Ndeti is not yet off the hook as the appeal opens another round of court sessions that will impact negatively on her campaigns with five weeks left before the August 8 General Elections.
Wamunyu Ward MCA Peter Kyalo Kyuli has moved to the court of appeal to contest Justice Odunga’s ruling. He had initially lodged a complaint with the IEBC disputes committee when the chairman ruled barring Ms Ndeti from contesting.
Earlier today Justice Odunga approved Ms Ndeti's Wiper party candidature for the Machakos governor seat. The judge noted that the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal decided she is a bonafide member of the party led by NASA principal Kalonzo Musyoka.
And speaking soon after the ruling Kalonzo accused IEBC of having interests in Machakos governorship race, citing a decision to nullify the party’s candidate’s nomination for the seat.
Kalonzo said that IEBC should come out clean on their interest in the Machakos contest for the governor. Mr Musyoka accused IEBC of not being independent saying it has meddled in the governorship race claiming that the Wafula Chebukati-led commission was going to be the worst.
The ruling was welcome by the residents of Machakos who praised the ruling saying it granted them the opportunity to pick a leader of their choice.
Ndeti wants to succeed Governor Alfred Mutua of Maendeleo Chap Chap. But there are other candidates eyeing the seat including Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala vying as an Independent candidate and Jubilee’s Lemi Muia. The residents were upbeat with the ruling saying it was good and went further to predict that Ms Ndeti will be the next governor since many have decided to vote for her.