Francis Nyenze’s widow Edith Vethi has joined the race to succeed him as Kitui West MP.
Vethi paid the Sh200,000 nomination fee and the Sh50,000 life membership fee to Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party on Wednesday.
Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, who was the family’s spokesperson for Nyenze’s burial, confirmed the widow’s move. He said the party gave Vethi the green light to seek the ticket.
Vethi will face aspirants including Maluki Kitili, the son of former cabinet minister Nyiva Mwendwa.
Maluki’s father, the late Kitili Mwendwa, and his mother Nyiva once held the position.
The competition will be stiff. Until his death, Nyenze was Kalonzo’s friend while Nyiva is known for standing with the Wiper boss during political storms. She has also been the party’s benefactor for years.
Senator Wambua issued a public notice indicating Vethi will formally launch her bid for the Kitui West parliamentary seat during a rally at Kabati trading centre.
The location is a stone’s throw away from Nyenze’s home.
“Mama Edith Vethi will be seeking the Wiper ticket for her bid to complete the good work started by her husband,” the notice stated.