Wavinya Ndeti

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Wavinya Ndeti
Candidate Ran for the office of Governor Machakos 2017
Minister Hellen Sambili
Assistant Minister Youth And Sports [1]
In office
3 April 2008 – 9 April 2013
President Mwai Kibaki
Member of Parliament for Kathiani
In office
29 December 2007 – 4 March 2013
Preceded by Peter Kyalo Kaindi - NARC
Succeeded by Robert Mbui - WDM-K
Personal details
Born (1967-11-03) 3 November 1967 (age 50)
Machakos, Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Political party WDM-K
Henry Oduwale
(m. 1990; d. 2016)
Children 3
Residence Machakos
Alma mater South Bank University, (BSC, Graduate Diploma, Advanced Diploma in computer science)
Website www.wavinyandeti.co.ke
Nickname(s) Osa Vinya na Wavinya

Wavinya Ndeti (born 3 November 1967) is a Kenya politician who was Member of Parliament for Kathiani. She was a WDM-K candidate for Machakos Governor in 2017, having contested the seat previously in 2013 on CCU ticket and lost on both occasions to Incumbent Dr. Alfred Mutua.

Political History[edit]

Hon. Wavinya Ndeti joined politics in 2007 contesting and being elected MP for Kathiani Constituency under Chama Cha Uzalendo. In winning the seat, Wavinya Ndeti became the only woman to have represented the constituency in Parliament since independence after she beat Peter Kyalo Kaindi.

Hon. Ndeti was appointed to grand coalition government as a co-assistant Minister for youth and sports under Helen Sambili.

During the 2010 constitutional referendum she supported the new constitution, citing importance of having uniform distribution of resources and having decentralized leadership. Although the document was unpopular in the Machakos District, the majority of Kenyans voted in favour of the new constitution, which President Mwai Kibaki promulgated on 27 August, 2010.

Elections 2013 and 2017[edit]

Ndeti, one of the founding members of CORD[2] ran for the newly created office of Governor of Machakos on a CCU ticket in 2013. She picked former water and natural resources minister Mutua Katuku as her running mate.

She lost the bid to Alfred Mutua and subsequently lost the election petition on grounds she failed to appoint enough party agents to all polling stations.

In 2017, Wavinya Ndeti together with Makueni Governor pledged to rejoin Wiper Democratic Movement under a brokered agreement famously known as the Emali Declaration. In the declaration, Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana was to defend his seat on Wiper Democratic Movement and Hon. Wavinya Ndeti would be given a direct Ticket to unseat Alfred Mutua.

Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya[edit]

Wavinya Ndeti ditched Chama Cha Uzalendo for Wiper on the morning of April 5th 2017, in line with the law that requires candidates to change political parties within 90days to election. Initially she was handed direct nomination with Peter Mathuki as running mate, but the party decided to hold primaries.

The deal had been a product of months of negotiations between Wiper Party and Wavinya’s CCU party with Kalonzo said to have prevailed upon Mathuki and Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala to compromise their ambitions in favour of a ticket that would send Mutua home and win back the seat to the party. [3]

Muthama, the incumbent senator announced that he will not defend his seat in the 2017 Kenya general elections on the Wiper ticket.[4]

This led to the WDM-K NEB awarding a direct nomination to a former Machakos County Secretary for Education Jackson Kala [5] to represent the party in the Senate election.

Ndeti was cleared to run for Governor by the IEBC in early June 2017.

Wavinya Ndeti on June 9th challenged the ruling at the High Court.[6]

High Court Judge George Vincent Odunga stayed the IEBC tribunal decision. On 14th June 2017,the judge rejected a petition by the IEBC to disqualify himself. [7] Kiala decided to run as an independent.

Legal battles[edit]

Wavinya Ndeti has also been entangled in long-running court battles with CCU Party Chairman Maur Bwanamaka over its leadership until she joined WDM-K.


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