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Why Wiper candidate won’t step down for Passaris in Woman Rep race

Wiper Party’s candidate for the Nairobi Woman Representative seat has rubbished ongoing talks withing the Nasa coalition to seek a compromise candidate for the seat.

Ms Rahab Ndambuki insists the coalition’s leadership should instead prevail on her ODM rival Esther Passaris to drop her candidature.

Even the promise of being appointed as a nominated MP after the election is not good enough.

“I am not willing because I am the right candidate for the opposition coalition. They should instead nominate Passaris and let me continue with the work I have been doing for Nairobi women,” Ms Ndambuki told Nairobi News on Tuesday.


Her frustration stems from a broken promise made in 2013 under the Cord coalition that she would be handed a county job by eventual gubernatorial victor Dr Evans Kidero.

Governor Kidero quickly reneged on the promise after being sworn in.

Ms Ndambuki thereafter started Wote Sacco to help women save up for expenses such as school fees.

Nairobi deputy governor Jonathan Mueke told Nairobi News that they are keen to ensure Nasa’s vote in Nairobi is unified to win the seat from incumbent Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh.

“Unity is strength and nobody can ever run away from that statement. My position is clear, I said it over the weekend and I’m saying it now that we must field one Nasa candidate in Nairobi,” said Mr Mueke.

Ms Ndambuki finished forth in the 2013 elections behind Ms Passaris, ODM’s Sylvia Mingala and TNA’s Ms Shebesh.