WIPER TO BATTLE JUBILEE IN SONKO SUCCESSION POLITICS

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By MAKUENI REPORTER.

Wiper Democratic Movement Kenya might face-off with their Corporation Partners in Nairobi gubernatorial by-election next year.

This is after the Party’s former Nairobi Women Rep candidate Rahab Ndambuki expressed interest in the highly coveted seat that has attracted Jubilee Party heavy weights in the city.

Mrs. Ndambuki unsuccessifully vied for the Nairobi Women Rep Seat on a Wiper ticket in 2013 and 2017.

She joins former Kiambu Governer William Kabogo, former Starehe MP Magret Wanjiru, former Dagoretti MP Dickson Waweru and former Gatanga MP Peter Keneth in the gubernatorial race.

Ndambuki has positioned herself as an alternative force to reckon. She stands the best position considering that all probable Jubilee candidates come from the same community, they will divide the Kikuyu living her with the upper Mount Kenya region block.

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Though born in Meru County Rahab is married in Ukambani where she enjoys a political good will of the dominant Wiper Party and members of the community in the city.

Kambas are the second largest community in Nairobi and cannot be ignored in city politics. They have formerly produced Jonathan Mueke the first Deputy Governor of Nairobi and the enbattled Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.

Ndambuki who lost to
Esther Passaris in 2017 is likely to get alot of support from Wiper Coalition Partners if other NASA affiliates won’t field a candidate.

Raila’s ODM which helped Uhuru to kick Sonko out of City Hall is not likely to field a candidate as witnessed in Kahawa West by-election.

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In the spirit of the handshake Raila’s party supported Jubilee’s MCA candidate. Ndambuki alias “Mama Wote” is so unpredictable, having command of Kamba, Meru and Kikuyu languages puts her ahead of others in door-to-door style of campaigns.

Her mother is kikuyu, her dad a Meru and her husband Kamba. Embracing this three cultures places her ahead of peers in metropolitan politics.

Nairobi City politics often face tribal animasity whenever probable candidates are not able to strike ethic balance in their pair.

Only governor Sonko had the magic to cut across the political and ethnic divide in the city. He positioned himself as tribeless candidate in 2017 got a block Kamba vote and Mount Kenya block vote gunning more votes than the Jubilee Presidential candidate in the city.

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However he fell out with President Uhuru Kenyatta after failing to sign an appropriation bill that was allocating billions to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS). The governor handed over some services back to the National Government amid his ouster.

The position of Nairobi Governor fell vacant after Mike Mbuvi Sonko who had no deputy was impeached by Senate last week.

The Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura has since then been sworn in as an acting Governor, a position he will hold for three months pending a by-election.

Sonko has moved to seeking to stop the by-election after failing to stop Mutura’s swearing-in.

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