Friday September 13, 2019 - Former Kakamega Senator, Dr Boni Khalwale, has responded to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s wife, Ida Odinga, who predicted that footballer McDonald Mariga will 'fail' after hanging his boots to engage in politics.

Speaking during a function in Kisumu East Sub-County on Wednesday, Ida faulted Mariga's decision to quit football and venture into politics, saying he was doomed to fail.

“Have you heard of the name Dennis Oliech?”

“What has he excelled in?”

“Football isn’t it?”

“Think of Mariga, I cannot use that as a good example because, when he changed the profession, you see how he failed,” Ida said.

“If he would have stuck to football, he would do much much better," Ida added  

Commenting on Ida’s comments, Khalwale, who is a close confidante of Mariga said that Ida's remarks were an indication that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) was shaken after Mariga announced his bid to contest in the Kibra parliamentary seat.

Khalwale reminded Ida Odinga that Liberia was being ruled by George Weah who is a retired international footballer just like Mariga.

"Mariga has sent the fear of the Lord in the ODM!”

“None other the respected Ida Odinga has today advised that as a footballer Mariga will fail politically.”

“Mama, celebrated footballer, President George Weah of Liberia, has succeeded where many Kenyan presidential wannabes didn't," he stated.


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