KIBRA DECIDES

Mariga picked as Jubilee candidate for Kibra by-election

In Summary

•  IEBC scheduled Kibra constituency by-election for  November 7.

Former international footballer McDonald Mariga after submitting his nomination application papers for Kibra Parliamentary seat at the Jubilee Headquarters along Thika Road on September 2, 2019.
Former international footballer McDonald Mariga after submitting his nomination application papers for Kibra Parliamentary seat at the Jubilee Headquarters along Thika Road on September 2, 2019.
Image: FAITH MUTEGI

Former Harambee Stars player McDonald Mariga has been announced as the Jubilee Party candidate for the Kibra by-election.

National Elections Board chairman Andrew Musangi described Mariga as a man of impeccable character and credentials who has had "enduring connections with the people of Kibra".

Mariga was at the party's headquarters on Monday for vetting by the National Elections Board.

"McDonald Mariga Wanyama will be the voice of Jubilee in Kibra," Musangi announced on Monday evening.

Areas of testing included knowledge of party policies, ability to finance campaigns, understanding of parliamentary work and his vision for Kibra.

The National Election Board also tested the candidates' alignment with the party's manifesto and ability to deliver its mandate.

A total of 16 people expressed interest in the Jubilee ticket.

They included Morris Peter Kinyanjui, Walter Trenk, Said Ibrahim and Doreen Wasike.

Mariga will be battle it out with candidates from ODM, ANC, and Ford Kenya during the by-election on November 7.

ODM is set to conduct its party nominations on Saturday after postponing it over lack of security for the function as they were focused on the census.

ANC announced Eliud Owalo as its candidate

The campaign period for the by-election will run from September 9 to November 4.

The Kibra seat fell vacant after the death of Ken Okoth on July 26 after a battle with cancer.