Kibra: Mariga bounces back in race

by David Karani

Former soccer star MacDonald Mariga is back in the race for the Kibra by-election after the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) cleared him to run for the by-election to be held on November 7. 

Mariga petitioned the IEBC after Kibra returning officer Beatrice Muli invalidated his nomination on grounds that his name was missing from the register of voters.

Making the ruling on Monday, IEBC Dispute Tribunal said it is obligated to conduct continuous registration of citizens as voters.

“It is our finding that the complainant was duly registered as a voter,” IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said.

Mariga’s legal team led by lawyer Elisha Ongoyi pushed Muli to admit an error on her part and pleaded with the committee to rectify the mistake by overturning the decision.

The seat fell vacant after former MP Ken Okoth died of cancer on July 26 at the Nairobi Hospital.

A section of Jubilee MPs turned their guns on party secretary general Raphael Tuju accusing him of sponsoring legal hurdles for Mariga.

The allies of Deputy President William Ruto have linked the Cabinet Secretary without portfolio to the petition filed at the dispute resolution committee by Kibra voter Leina Konchellah.

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