A battle of titans looms ahead of the Machakos Senatorial by-election as political nemesis Kalonzo Musyoka and Johnstone Muthama fight to have a grip of the Ukambani region.
The unveiling of Muthama’s estranged wife Agnes Kavindu to fly the Wiper Democratic Movement – Kenya ticket in the mini poll slated for March 18 comes as no surprise.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader and Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and former Senator Johnston Muthama have been engaging in supremacy battle on who should lead the Kamba community.
The three leaders will be leading campaigns in Machakos and a win for any of their candidates will redefine the political future of the region. Maendeleo Chap Chap party has fronted John Mutua Katuku also touted as a strong candidate.
This is not the first time Agnes Kavindu is challenging her former husband. In 2017 she contested for Machakos County Woman Representative on a Jubilee ticket while the Muthama was on the opposing camp.
With the senatorial race heating up, she will be facing off with Muthama who is leading campaigns United Democratic Alliance (UDA), a party linked to DP William Ruto.
The two have been at loggerheads for years. In October 2014 she hit the headlines, accusing her husband of mistreating her. The couple reportedly divorced twice.
Nominations of political party and independent candidates will be held on Monday, 25th January 2021 and Tuesday, 26th January, 2021.
The official campaign periods kick off on Monday, 25th January 2021 and ceases on Saturday, 20th March 2021, 48 hours before the poll.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Senator Boniface Kabaka on December 11 after he collapsed at an apartment in Nairobi.
Kabaka died on December 11 after spending a week at the Nairobi Hospital´s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he had been admitted after collapsing.
He had undergone a procedure to remove a clot before his passing.
Sebastian Muli Munguti has also been given a ticket to run for Kisite Kithuki ward by-election.