Nairobi South Member of County Assembly (MCA) and Deputy Majority leader Esther Waithera Chege has blamed East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Simon Mbugua for causing confusion on the outcome of the UDA nominations in the ward.
Waithera who won the party primaries was issued a certificate on April 15, however, her opponent registered a complaint at the Dispute Resolution Committee and the case was subsequently referred to National Elections Board ( NEB).
She later won the case and was issued another certificate on April 24 before being issued a final certificate on April 27 but the opponents appealed at the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal and a repeat nomination was ordered in less than 24 hours.
“I won and was issued another certificate on April 24 2022. The party issued me the final certificate on April 27 2022. They appealed at the PPDT and a repeat nomination was ordered to repeat in 24hrs on Saturday. The election was held yesterday and we won with a landslide,” she explained.
After the win, she says, she has been receiving life threats and reported to South B police station where several people were arrested.
"I received threats to my personal life and the culprits were arrested. A sitting Member of Parliament is using criminals to threaten me because his project did not succeed. I wish to remind him that the culture of political intolerance is not currently sustainable. His friends should inform him that hooliganism will never be a prerequisite to winning and maintaining the political office," she lamented.
The people who have since been freed on police bail in a video seen by K24 Digital, have said they were sent to track Waithera by the said MP.
Mbugua has been also accused of sponsoring a dispute at the UDA party office where the case was to be heard and determined today.
However, the case has not been heard due to a lack of quorum to hear the case which has now been postponed to Friday.
The voters who had gone to the Hustler Centre with the MCA claimed that the opponent was being used by Mbugua because Waithera does not support him and he has fears that in the 2027 elections she will run for the Starehe MP and win.
“Waithera is the best MCA we have ever had and that is why we have come to support her. She has worked for us well. We know they have had issues with Mbugua and that is why he is sponsoring her opponent. We want to tell him that with this, we might not even elect him as our MP in the long run because he does not support women leaders," one voter who sought anonymity said.
Waithera has called on the government to provide her with security.
“I have written a letter to the OCPD which am going to deliver and I have copied the same to DCI George Kinoti. Let them act quickly and provide me with security because my life is in danger," she said.
Our efforts to get a comment from Simon Mbugua were futile as he did not respond to our messages whose delivery notification we received as the call was not going through.