Former football star McDonald Mariga’s candidature for the Kibra seat has been quashed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). According to IEBC officials, Mariga’s details couldn’t be found in the voter’s register, leading to the decision. At the moment, the Jubilee candidate’s hopes of being the next Kibra MP are bleak, with only seven days to appeal the decision.
Mariga had acquired the Jubilee nomination certificate earlier on Tuesday, and party members including Langata MP Nixon Korir and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale accompanied him to present his documents and be cleared by IEBC to vie. Other details were verified. Langata MP Korir insisted that Mariga’s right to vie cannot be impeded, as long as he is a qualified Kenyan and has made the application to vie or vote.
The decision is a blow to the Jubilee party, which had hoped to flex its muscles and compete with other parties fielding candidates in the November 7th by-election, with the other main contestants being ODM’s Imran Okoth, ANC’s Eliud Owalo, Ford Kenya candidate Eng. Khamisi Butichi and other candidates. Okoth, Owalo, Butichi, have all been cleared together with Elijah Abasa (Narc Kenya), Hamida Mala (UGM), Editar Ochieng (Ukweli party), independent candidate Fridah Kerubo.