Raila Refuses To Endorse Wavinya, Asks Machakos People To Decide

The former Prime Minister asked the Machakos electorate to decide who their next governor is between Nzioka Waita and Wavinya Ndeti.

Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, failed to endorse Wiper party candidate Wavinya Ndeti for the Machakos governorship.

Speaking after a prayer meeting at Machakos Golf Club on Friday, July 29, the former Prime Minister asked the Machakos electorate to decide who their next governor is between Nzioka Waita and Wavinya Ndeti.

“We as candidates of Azimio we stand on the shoulders of these member parties and therefore when I go around there are candidates who are given positions from MCA’s, members of parliament, women rep., senators and governors on constituent parties of Azimio and therefore, we cannot appear to be partisan like I’m supporting so and so… like here today this is a Wavinya function, she is being blessed today but there is also Waita who is also a candidate and I don’t want to condemn Waita because ultimately the people of Machakos are the one who are going to decide,” he said.

Earlier, the prayer meeting was disrupted after a section of youths unsuccessfully attempted to eject the CCU Machakos gubernatorial candidate Nzioka Waita from the meeting, which was organized by clergy from across the county.

Prayer rally disrupted in Machakos on Friday, July 29, 2022

Chaos erupted after the former State House Chief of Staff joined the clergy among other leaders.

Waita had just arrived at the meeting after a brief meeting with Azimio leader Raila Odinga, who had been welcomed by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Former Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita with Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga

Alex Kathinzi, a former Kivaa ward MCA, was also thrown out of the Wiper prayers meeting.

Kathinzi, who has been proposed as the next Machakos Assembly speaker in the administration of CCU gubernatorial candidate Nzioka Waita if he wins the August 9 elections, has been accused of attending a meeting to which he was not invited despite supporting Waita’s political faction.

The race for the Machakos gubernatorial seat has entered a tight race between the two Azimio candidates, causing a major headache for the Azimio presidential candidate, who is struggling to tame sibling rivalry, as neither Waita nor Wavinya is willing to blink first.

With just under a fortnight to the August 9 polls, the Machakos County race has been marred with defections. Leading the exit pack was Maliti’s running mate Rose Wambua who stepped down from the race.

Wambua decamped to CCU and officially announced her support for Waita. Her defection meant that Maliti would run for county boss without a deputy but this too became a non-reality.

The Maendeleo Chap Chap candidate announced that he had dropped out from the race, consequently endorsing the former Chief Administrative Secretary.

Wavinya is backed by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, a political force in Kenya.

In 2013 and 2017, she ran unsuccessfully for Machakos governor, losing to Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader, Governor Alfred Mutua.