Wiper Party candidate in the Machakos race for governorship, Wavinya Ndeti, this past weekend received a shot in the arm with only a week to the General Election.
This is after her arch rival, Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala, announced his withdrawal from what had already been declared a two-horse race.
Kiala had decided to vie as an independent candidate after losing twice to the former Kathiani Member of Parliament during Wiper primaries but has finally thrown in the towel, saying he consulted widely before arriving at the decision.
According to Kiala, his move was not tagged on any condition, that it was influenced by his desire to see the National Super Alliance (NASA) win the presidential race come August 8.
”After much consideration and consultation with leaders in the community and our supporters I have agreed to withdraw from the race,” he said.
”Our withdrawal is unconditional and it is also in line with the need to rebuild Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s 2022 presidential bid, We have seen the risk of scattering Nasa presidential votes in Machakos as we advance our candidacy. We request our supporters to see the bigger picture beyond our governor candidacy for now.”
Kiala lost to Wavinya in the Wiper Party Machakos nominations and his bid to carry the Nasa deputy president candidate Kalonzo Musyoka party’s flag in Machakos proved futile even after seeking court’s redress.
Following the controversial win by Wavinya, who will be remembered for popularising the catchphrase ‘Yaliyondwele Sipite’ after the High Court ruling, Kiala quit Wiper and announced he wil face both incumbent Alfred Mutua (MCC) and Wavinya, partyless.
Kiala is a close ally of Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama who fell out with Kalonzo Musyoka.