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Kenyans Tear Into Mariga’s Age, Voter Details


Jubilee Party candidate for the Kibra by election McDonald Mariga is apparently a register voter in Starehe Constituency at the Kariokor Social Hall.

A voter’s card doing rounds on social media indicates that Mariga registered as a voter on the 26th of August 2019.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission however declined to clear Mariga on Tuesday on the basis of his name was missing in the voter’s register.

The news caused a frenzy on social media with many claiming that the football star caused an electoral fraud by using an illegal ID card to register.

Some argued that the ID number indicated on the voter’s card suggested that Mariga was born in the 1990s if the sequence with which the ID issuance in Kenya is followed.

“From the ID he used to register as a voter last month indicates that he was born in the 1990s.” wrote John Nyamweya.

According to Wikipedia Mariga was born in 1987 meaning he is currently 32 years old.

John Nyamweya however claims that Mariga was born in 1981 but changed his date of birth when he entered professional football.

“This Mariga has no shame born in 1981 he lied to Parma football that he was born in 1987,” said Mariga.

“To the left is my @IEBCKenyaAcknowledgment Card issued in 2017. To the right is Mariga’s @IEBCKenyaAcknowledgement Card. I note two distinct differences between the two cards. Mine has”GPK” to the bottom left. Mariga’s number has a “- 17.” Maybe the@IEBCKenyacan explain,” wrote Miguna Miguna.

At least 30 aspirants had shown interest to contest for the Kibra seat.