Democracy tested: I won Wiper nominations but was rigged out – Kibati


Kitui independent Woman Rep hopeful Jane Mwende Kibati yesterday accused the Wiper Party of rigging her out in the April 24th primaries though, according to her, the electorate had overwhelmingly voted for her.

Speaking in Kitui Town after she was officially cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Mrs Kibati regretted that the nominations, in which former UoN Maths lecturer Dr Irene Kasalu was declared winner, were predetermined.

“Credible sources within the party’s National Elections Board (NEB) informed me that I beat my opponents with a margin of over 21,000 votes but my supporters advised me against engaging in court battles to reclaim the ticket.

“They told me to instead run as an independent candidate and assured me that I will have the last laugh. They unanimously vowed to stand with me up to the ballot,” she indicated.

She was battling it out for the Wiper ticket with Dr Kasalu and Florence Musyoka.

However, Kibati, who unsuccessfully vied for the same seat in the 2013 General Election, maintained that the voters still have faith in her and will definitely elect her to succeed retiring Nyiva Mwendwa.

“I am optimistic that I will clinch the seat this time around since the elections will be conducted by the IEBC as opposed to the Wiper elections board which was evidently compromised and biased,” noted the aspirant.

She urged the residents to turn up in large numbers so as to express their will come the August 8th General Election.

“Once elected into office, I will be in the forefront pushing for transformative development in this county with a view to improving the lives of women, youth and people living with disabilities,” she added.

Mrs Kibati as well called for a peaceful electioneering as a prerequisite for free, fair and credible elections.

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