Wavinya’s ghosts return to haunt her as Uhuru "buys" the SGR from Raila

Wavinya is determined to be on the ballot in her quest to become Kenya's first female governor.


Her baby known as the Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) Party has returned to be the major impediment in her quest to become the next Machakos Governor.

A few months ago, Ndeti was prevailed upon by Ukambani’s top hierarchy led by the son of Tseikuru and potentially the country’s next Deputy President Kalonzo Musyoka to ditch her CCU Party and join the Wiper Party.

Ndeti crossed over and joined Wiper in her quest to become the country's first female governor during the August elections.

However, on Thursday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) dealt Ndeti a major knockout blow after it nullified the nomination of Ndeti as the Wiper candidate on the grounds that she was a member of two parties at the same time; Wiper Party and CCU.

The ruling followed a successful petition by MCA Peter Kyalo. The petitioner, a member of Wiper, argued that Ndeti should be disqualified from the race.

True to her character of being a fighter, on Friday, she moved to court to challenge the IEBC decision to lock her out Machakos race.

Kenyans and more so Machakos residents are eagerly waiting for the next edition in the bizzare chapter of the Ukambani Iron Lady's political life.

SGR auction

Members of the opposition Nasa and in particular its flag bearer Raila Odinga have in recent days been pouring cold water on the Jubilee Government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto's assertion that the Standard Gauge Railyway (SGR) was the ruling administration's pet project.

Raila has insisted that the SGR was a project of the Grand Coalition Government under him and former President Mwai Kiibaki.

If a story on the Standard titled "Man behind SGR ‘sold the idea to Jubilee after ditching Raila’", the Nasa leader claims may have some truth behind it.

According to the report, the main architect behind the project was businessman Jimmy Wanjigi.

The billionaire businessman Jimmy Wanjigi ironically was in the past a Jubilee ardent member before switching sides as later was among those behind the Nasa deal that made Raila be named flag bearer.

On August 12, 2009, an MoU was entered into between Kenya and China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) that said the company would undertake a feasibility study for phase one of the railway, between Mombasa and Nairobi.

The Chinese firm also agreed to do design works free of charge.

In 2008, Kibaki met Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni regarding the SGR where it was agreed that the two countries would build the railway line, linking the Mombasa port to Kampala with a branch line to Kisumu and Pakwach.

Interestingly in 2012, Wanjigi switched his alliance from Raila and placed his bet on Jubilee given they had made building a modern railway a main campaign point in their manifesto.

The Jubilee Party later won the elections and as they say, the rest is history.


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