Sunday September 1, 2019-Jubilee Party's National Election Board (NEB) has reportedly cleared football star, McDonald Mariga, to vie for the Kibra by-election scheduled for November 7.
According to reports, Mariga is among 16 other candidates who will contest for the Jubilee party's ticket.
Jubilee NEB Chairperson Andrew Musangi revealed to the publication, that the decision on who will emerge as the party's flag bearer will be announced on Monday, after having completed the interviews.
Other candidates who have been shortlisted include Jack Owino, Omondi Rajab, Daniel Adem, Daniel Orogo, Ramadhan Hussein, Frank Amollo, Morris Kinyanjui, Walter Trenk, Ibrahim Said, Doreen Wasike, Geoffrey Mwangi, Oscar Kambona, Bukachi Chapin, Jane Githaiga and Timothy Kaimenyi.
Mariga's clearance comes against the backdrop of reports which confirmed that the DP had identified the 32-year-old footballer as the “right” candidate for the Kibra by-election, which fell vacant following the death of Ken Okoth on July 26, 2019.
“He first sought to know whether the footballer was a registered voter and luckily, Mariga is registered in Starehe Constituency,” revealed a source, who according to the publication, was authorised to speak on behalf of the party.
The DP is then alleged to have contacted the Jubilee Party leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta, concerning fielding a candidate in Kibra.
The Kenyan DAILY POST