Wavinya Ndeti’s blonde moment with wrong goodwill message to fasting Muslims
Muslims around the world are observing the Holy Month of Ramadhan, during which they fast from dusk to dawn for 29 or 30 days.
In Kenya, it is a tradition for political leaders to send goodwill messages to the faithful, but Machakos gubernatorial aspirant Wavinya Ndeti got it all wrong with a happy Eid Mubarak message to fasting Muslims.
“On behalf of the people of Machakos County, I take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy Eid Mubarak,” Ms Ndeti said in a post circulated on social media.
Eid Mubarak is a special message Muslims share on the day they mark end of the Holy Month of Ramadhan by celebrating Eid- Ul-Fitr (festival of breaking of the fast) that lasts for three days.
Similarly, the same message is shared during Eid-Ul-Adha (festival of sacrifice) observed on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhul Al-Hajj to honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his only son, as an act of submission to Allah’s commandment.
During both festivals, Muslim observe special morning prayers before visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts and feasts.
Ms Ndeti could be forgiven for her goof because she is faced with an uphill task in her quest to clinch Wiper Democratic Movement ticket to contest for the Machakos gubernatorial seat.
The Political Parties Tribunal on Monday ordered her party to directly nominate the Machakos gubernatorial candidate after dismissing her recent victory against the Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala who contested her victory.
Her party leader and Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka has been ordered to pick a candidate within 24 hours, meaning before Wednesday.
In the first round of the Wiper Machakos gubernatorial nominations, the former Kathiani MP trounced Mr Kiala before the tribunal overturned her victory and ordered for repeat nomination, which was eventually nullified on Monday.