Monday September 16, 2019 - After the IEBC cleared ex- footballer, McDonald Mariga, to contest in the upcoming Kibra by-elections, his troubles are far from over.
This is after it emerged that the DCI could be investigating Mariga's national ID card, following controversies over his real age.
In the ID which has serial numbers of people born in 90s, Mariga says he was born in 1987.
A Kibra voter by the name Leina Konchellah has petitioned IEBC to pronounce itself on the age issue, vowing to move to the High Court.
In her sworn submission filed with the electoral agency, Ms Konchellah says there could be integrity issues with the documents Mr Mariga submitted to the commission.
“It is curious to note that the complainant presented a national identity card indicating his date of birth as April 1987 and further presented his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education indicating he sat his Form Four examinations in November/December 2002,” says Konchellah.
“From the above, it means that the complainant sat his Secondary School examinations at the age of 15, which is rather unusual.”
“And if the same is calculated backwards, it means the complainant enrolled for Class One for his primary school education at the age of three.”
“This can only lead one to conclude that the complainant was either a genius at Primary School level, which brilliance abandoned him at Secondary level for him to get a mean grade of D-(minus), or there are integrity issues as to the authenticity of the said documents he presented before the IEBC,” reads the submission.
Over the years, Mariga's age has been a controversy.
In a past interview, his father Noah Wanyama said that he was born around 1981.
Some other reports indicate that he was born in 1984.
Mariga became the first Kenyan to win Champions League with Italian giants Inter Milan in 2010.
The Kenyan DAILY POST