Wavinya is a Kenyan politician from Machakos County. She joined politics in 2007 as the Member of Parliament for Kathiani Constituency under the Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) party.
Her win in 2007 was historic since she was the first woman to represent Kathiani in parliament since Kenya got independence.
Her election was also a surprise since she had participated in the Orange Democratic Movement Kenya (ODM-K) party primaries and lost forcing her to settle for CCU.
During her tenure as the MP, she was appointed as an Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports where she worked under Helen Sambili.
In 2013, she vied for the newly founded gubernatorial post in Machakos but lost to Alfred Mutua.
In 2017, she left CCU to join the Wiper Party which is led by Kalonzo Musyoka. Under the arrangement, she was to be supported by the party to defeat Mutua who defended his gubernatorial seat on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party.
She, however, lost the elections again to Mutua. The High Court overturned Mutua’s win but the Supreme Court upheld the IEBC decision that Mutua had emerged the winner.
In 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Wavinya as the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for the Transport Ministry.
She has in the past served as Chair of the Kenya Water Institute.
As the CAS, she has been involved in revamping the Boda Boda sector with initiatives such as the issuance of insurance to the operators. The operators have also been provided with multiple training on safety and traffic rules since it is a fast-growing industry but often face road safety challenges.
Wavinya also took the personal initiative to participate in the recently concluded Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in a bid to motivate the candidates She has also been at the forefront of ensuring that the government adheres to the 2/3 gender rule as spelt out in the constitution.