MacDonald Mariga is not in Kibra by-election race

Jubilee Party has denied former Kenya international and Inter Milan midfielder MacDonald Mariga is in the Kibra parliamentary by-election.

In a supposed Jubilee letter to the IEBC chairman, Mariga was listed alongside Morris Peter Kinyanjui, Walter Mukinyingi, Said Ibrahim and Doreen Wasike.

Jubilee Party on its Twitter handle, however, termed the letter as fake.

“This letter that is making rounds within social media outlets is FAKE. Please note that any communication regarding the Kibra Constituency by-election will be done through the official Party organ,” the tweet read.

Wasike and Kinyanjui were Jubilee aspirants in 2017, while Ibrahim was a TNA aspirant in 2013.

Mukinyingi tried to vie for the Senate under the UDP ticket but the electoral agency did not take his papers.

The Kibra seat has attracted a list of aspirants, among them Benson Musungu (ODM National Youth Coordinator), Imran Okoth (late MP Ken Okoth brother and PA), popular reggae DJ Kriss Darlin, Sigar Agumba, Peter Orero (Dagoretti High School Principal), and Ochieng Jera.

ODM’s national Elections Board  today vetted and cleared 20 aspirants for the Kibra seat to take part in the party nomination exercise scheduled for Saturday August 31.

“The cleared aspirants have up to tomorrow midday to pay the nomination fee to be eligible for the exercise,” the party said.

Through a statement earlier on Monday, Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju said the party, having consulted within the party leadership with respect to Kibra constituency, had decided to feature a candidate.

“We would like to tell party members that Jubilee party will be fielding a candidate in the forthcoming Kibra Constituency by-election on November 7, 2019,” Tuju said.

Since last the March 9, 2018 handshake, ODM and Jubilee have not fielded candidates against each other in the by-elections of Wajir West, Embakasi South and Ugenya.

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