By Bwire Marvin.
Wavinya Ndeti’s race to Machakos’ top job continue to hang on a thread amidst court cases and criticism from her opponents.
Among the many hindrances to her political success, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati wrote to Chama Cha Uzalendo chairman Maur Bwanamaka informing him that Ms Ndeti is still the CCU party leader.
Mr. Chebukati also listed Philipe Opiyo as secretary-general and Caroline Malinda as treasurer, citing a decree arising from a Nakuru High Court ruling. This was all in a letter dated May 27.
Earlier on in April, in order to contest the Machakos governorship, Ms. Ndeti had resigned as the CCU party leader to join Wiper, which is led by Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka,
She however said that her party will field candidates for other posts.
The decision by Ndeti caused friction with Mr Bwanamaka, who claims more than 45 CCU candidates are seeking various seats across the country.
Mr. Bwanamaka, who is seeking the Kwale County Senate seat, said he has also been locked out as it is the list of 88 aspirants submitted by Ms. Ndeti’s faction that has been uploaded on the IEBC website.
Unless guided by the court, Mr. Chebukati said, the commission will engage CCU through the three officials led by Ms. Ndeti.
Mr. Bwanamaka has promised to go back to court to challenge the new order, saying a person cannot be a member of two parties.
Furthermore he accused the IEBC of failing to consult with the Registrar of Political Parties on the matter.
The new findings come at a time when the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal has cancelled the Wiper party Machakos governorship repeat nominations won by Ms. Ndeti.
Bernard Kiala her main rival, filed an appeal saying the elections were irregular.
However, in the tribunal’s latest ruling, it has ordered Wiper to directly nominate its preferred candidate for the seat. The party has always been seen to favor Ms. Ndeti’s candidature.