Agnes Kavindu wife to United Democratic Alliance (UDA) chairman Johnstone Muthama will run the Machakos senatorial by election contest on a Wiper Party ticket.
Wiper led by former Vice President (VP) Kalonzo Musyoka as its party leader unveiled Kavindu.
At a ceremony presided over by by former Vice President (VP) Kalonzo Musyoka and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka at the party’s Karen offices in Nairobi on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, morning, Ms Kavindu was given the Wiper ticket to battle it out with other candidates, including one who will be fielded by her husband’s party.
Kavindu unsuccessfully contested for the Machakos Women’s representative post on a Jubilee Party ticket at the 2017 general elections and lost to Joyce Kamene of the Wiper party.
The announcement was made by Wiper Party as it unveiled its party candidates for the vacant Machakos senate seat and Kitise/Kithuke Ward in Makueni Constituency.
Kavindu’s husband Johnstone Muthama a former Machakos Senator between 2013-17 has not expressed interested in re-capturing the seat as UDA the Deputy President (DP) Dr William Ruto leaning party is expected to unveil its candidate on Friday, January 15th.
Kavindu’s candidacy brings an interesting political twist to the Machakos contest because the two are still embroiled in a court battle over Mr Muthama’s business fortune, where Ms Kavindu is demanding an equal share of matrimonial properties.
Kavindu is fighting to get half of her former husband’s property, which she feels entitled to as his former spouse.
Mr Muthama is known to have built her a new home on a 100-acre piece of land so she could move out of their matrimonial home. The 30-bedroom mansion was later the bone of contention after she claimed in 2014 that the politician was trying to evict her and convert it into a resort or office for his political activities.
Through the Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida), Ms Kavindu in 2014 sued her estranged husband for attempting to evict her from the home in Kitanga Village, off the Machakos-Nairobi road.
She had accused Mr Muthama of mistreatment — including disconnecting electricity and water to the palatial home.
In October 2014, when she hit the headlines accusing her husband of mistreating her, she also claimed that he cheated on her while she was abroad on work-related issues.