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I Walked Into ODM a Kenyan, Walked Out a Kikuyu – Ngunjiri Wambugu

Nyeri Town Member of Parliament, Ngunjiri Wambugu, opened up on how the Orange Democratic Movement inspired him to foster peace within Kenyan communities. 

During an interview with K24 TV on Sunday, September 15, Wambugu stated that he had worked within ODM in 2013, expecting that Raila Odinga’s party was against tribalism. However, he ended up being disappointed. 

According to Wambugu, he was approached by ODM’s secretariat and appointed the party’s political affairs director, after he birthed an initiative dubbed Kikuyu’s for Change.  The initiative pushed for unity after the 2007 elections sparked negative ethnicity, manifested by the skirmishes that rocked the country. 

Ngunjiri Wambugu with K24's Anne Kiguta. He asserted that he was a peace crusader
Ngunjiri Wambugu with K24 TV’s Anne Kiguta. He asserted that he was a peace crusader

“Life is a learning process. You don’t know everything at all given times. As you grow older you learn a lot. Kikuyu’s for Change was idealistic and I believed that it was possible for us to go beyond our ethnic divides and unite Kenyans. However, upon joining ODM, I walked in as a Kenyan and walked out a Kikuyu. I was in a place where I assumed that we had all other communities and we were working together as Kenyans.

“However, I realised that ethnic identities were very stuck even in ODM.  People within ODM used to tell me that wewe ni Mkikuyu, unafanya nini hapa (What are you doing here yet you are a Kikuyu)? By the time that campaign was over, I wondered to myself but ascertained that whether we like it or not, we have to fix where we are. That made me quit ODM and move into Central Kenya, promising to ensure we moved into another step of unifying people,” Ngunjiri told K24 TV’s Anne Kiguta.

Working within ODM also enabled him to learn the different perspectives of Kenyans and how they were centered around tribalism.

“I also learnt what people think about us, as we from Central do not interact more with other communities. When I went back to Central, I informed a lobby group I was working for that we had a problem. We had to create a way to work with other communities because the rest of the country seemed to have a problem with our community. That is what I proposed to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) recently,” Ngunjiri opined. 

The first-time legislator, allied to kieleweke faction, refuted claims that he was in ODM and had jumped ship to Jubilee before 2017 elections.

“Interestingly, I hear people saying that I was in ODM. I worked in that presidential campaign for 11 months. I left in March 2013, after the elections. Therefore, I was not in ODM before nor neither after elections,”  Wambugu asserted. 

The MP, who is a staunch supporter of the famous March 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, revealed that he was a peace crusader and rallied on Kenyans to work in unison. 

Kikuyu’s for Change was not a lobby group for ODM. It was a lobby group that began in 2007. I have been a supporter of positive ethnicity for a long time. The fact is that you have to accept you are from one community, but that does not stop you from accepting who you are and does not make you respect others any less.

“This thing of trying to pretend we do not have cultural differences irons out more problems,” Wambugu informed. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta with ODM leader Raila Odinga in a past event. Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu is a staunch supporter of the famous March 2018 handshake between the two leaders
President Uhuru Kenyatta with ODM leader Raila Odinga in a past event. Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu is a staunch supporter of the famous March 2018 handshake between the two leaders

Maina Kamanda Accepts Nyoro’s Apology Under One Condition

Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Maina Kamanda on Monday, September 16, accepted Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro’s meek apology over scuffle at a church in Murang’a.

Reports by The Star disclosed that Kamanda accepted the apology with the condition- that the tanga tanga MP should avoid repeating the mistake.

“When your child makes mistakes, you counsel him or her, strongly so if necessary, directly or through appropriate persons,” spoke Kamanda in a statement.

Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Maina Kamanda addressing the public. Kamanda accepted lashed out at Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro for causing a scuffle in church
Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Maina Kamanda addressing the public. Kamanda accepted lashed out at Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro for causing a scuffle in church

Nyoro, who was at Igwe ACK Church a few meters from Gitui Catholic Church on Sunday, September 15, made an apology and appealed for forgiveness, stating that he regretted being caught up in the drama.

“The Gitui Catholic Church incident was regrettable and on behalf of Maina Kamanda and his team, I apologise to the Catholic Church,”  he appealed.

He further apologised on behalf of the tanga tanga allied MPs who were present during the dramatic encounter.

 “On my own behalf and that of all politicians who attended the church service, in humility, I ask for forgiveness from the Catholic church and the entire church,” he stated.

Nyoro added that the issue has been haunting him and vowed not to play politics in church. The legislator, who promised not to engage in blame games, thanked the people of Kiharu for standing with him.   

Nyoro was arrested over the issue the following day but was not arraigned because the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) admitted that the police had not forwarded any file to him in connection with the incident.

The legislator’s apology came a few days after Catholic Diocese of Murang’a Bishop James Maria Wainaina demanded an apology from politicians for the chaos that rocked the church.

The bishop also scrapped all the pending political activities in the Catholic Church until further notice.

“I have cancelled political invitations following the sad incident until further notice, I also demand an apology from the politicians involved,” he declared.

On the same Monday, Kamanda warned politicians from the Mount Kenya region to be wary of “malicious and greedy external forces” seeking to misuse them to cause violence.  

“Anyone thinking he will divide our people to disrespect President Uhuru Kenyatta or to insult and hate opposition leader Raila Odinga is in for a rude shock,” he maintained. 

Kamanda warned of a political change in the country before December 2019, in which “thieves will face the music.”

“The train has left the station. Thieves will face the music. A new Kenyan is being reborn, a  rainbow is emerging. A bridge was initiated for all of us to cross to Canaan,” he explained.

Pictured is Catholic Diocese of Murang’a Bishop James Maria Wainaina. He damanded an apology from MPs who caused drama in the Gitui Catholic Church
Pictured is Catholic Diocese of Murang’a Bishop James Maria Wainaina. He demanded an apology from MPs who caused drama in the Gitui Catholic Church

Mariga’s turbulent plunge into politics is nothing new to many Kenyan celebs

Former Kenya international midfielder McDonald Mariga breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when he was cleared to contest for the vacant Kibra parliamentary seat.

His clearance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ended an anxious wait for Mariga whose nomination by the Jubilee Party had been invalidated last week.

And so Mariga now remains on course for political career that will see him following in the footsteps of other celebrities who have transitioned into politics.

Celebrities becoming politicians is not a new concept here in Kenya.

Some have won, while many other have seen their political ambitions going up in smoke.

Here are few Kenyan celebs who have turned to politics in recent years.

1. Mohammed Ali

The former KTN investigative journalist, who went to become Member of Parliament for Nyali constituency in the coast in the 2017 general election, initially lost the ODM nominations under controversial circumstances.

He jumped ship and vied as an independent candidate and won.

Even then his win was contested in court, before his victory was upheld.

Before joining politics Ali, though this work, exposed many hidden corruption cases in Kenya though his well investigative TV series Jicho Pevu.

Nyali MP Mohammed Ali in this picture taken on February 16, 2019. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI
Nyali MP Mohammed Ali in this picture taken on February 16, 2019. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI

2. Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi

He is a recording artiste who went on to become the Member of Parliament for Starehe constituency in 2017.

Jaguar first made it to limelight as a recording artiste in 2004 when he recorded and released his first single Utaweza Kweli.

In 2005 he recorded and released several singles among them his most popular hit single Kigeugeu.

With Kigeugeu in the airwaves across the country, Jaguar was now a household name in the country.

He vied for and won the Starehe seat against another celebrity candidate activist Boniface Mwangi.

Musician-turned-politician Charles 'Jaguar' Kanyi who is the sitting Member of Parliament for Starehe constituency. FILE PHOTO
Musician-turned-politician Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi who is the sitting Member of Parliament for Starehe constituency. FILE PHOTO

3. Sabina Chege

She started out as an actress in the local TV series Tausi.

She later become a radio presenter, before joining politics in 2013 when she was elected the Woman Representative for Muranga county.

She retained the seat in the 2017 general election.

Ms Chege is also the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health in the National Assembly.

Murang'a Woman Rep Sabina Chege in this picture taken on February 20, 2019. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO
Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege in this picture taken on February 20, 2019. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO

4. Gathoni wa Muchomba

Wa Muchomba moved from the radio waves to become a Woman Representative in Kiambu County in 2017.

Before trying out politics Wa Muchomba had been the queen of vernacular radio stations from 1999 when she was working for Kameme FM.

In the 2017 general election, She declared her interest in the Kiambu Woman Rep seat which she ultimately won.

Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni Wa Muchomba. FILE PHOTO
Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni Wa Muchomba. FILE PHOTO

5. McDonald Mariga

The former Kenyan international whose current market value as a footballer is said to be Sh34.3 million made an unlikely move some time last month following the death of former Kibra MP Ken Okoth.

Before the Kibra by-election, Mariga kept a low profile, only making headlines because of his football career.

Right from the onset, Mariga’s political move has been fraught with numerous obstacles which have further divided the Jubilee Party.

His candidature has been the subject of opposition both within and without the party circles.

But with IEBC’s clearance, Mariga can only hope to become the next Kenyan celebrity Member of Parliament.

Kenyan international midfielder McDonald Mariga. FILE PHOTO
Former Kenyan international midfielder McDonald Mariga. FILE PHOTO

ODM ends tenancy at Orange House, where careers were made, destroyed

The Orange party yesterday moved to its new Sh180 million headquarters in Lavington, Nairobi, ending a 12-year tenure at Orange House headquarters in Nairobi’s Kilimani area.

The Orange House (pictured), located on Menelik Road, is owned by party leader Raila Odinga’s former aide Caroli Omondi.It is an address that had become a defining feature in the politics of Kenya, where political careers were built and others destroyed, in particular during the hotly contested party nominations.Past and present politicians have fond and bitter memories of the house, with some declining to say much.

Apart from Raila, ODM has links with other senior politicians such as Deputy President William Ruto, former Nandi political heavyweight Henry Kosgey, who was once the party’s chairman, Bomet Governors Isaac Ruto and the late Joyce Laboso, as well as former Aldai MP Sally Kosgey.Majority Leader Aden Duale was also once an ODM MP, as was former Budalang’i MP and current Foreign Affairs Cabinet Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba.

Najib Balala

Others are former Gachoka MP and presidential aspirant Joe Nyagah, current Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, the late William ole Ntimama and the late Kipkalia Kones, former Bureti MP Franklin Bett and Margaret Kamar.

Mr Duale acknowledged that the Orange party was still one of the strongest in the country and that it had been synonymous with the Orange House.“ODM and Jubilee are the strongest parties in Kenya now. I was a member and I have memories of its former headquarters. But some of us left because of intolerance,” Duale said.

He said the party should also chart a new path, where it conducts its affairs without violence and carry out fair nominations.Former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende had fond memories at the party headquarters and noted that during his time, he handled disputes fairly, unlike they are today.“We formed ODM after the 2005 constitutional referendum and in 2007, I became its chairman of the Constitution, Elections and Regulations Committee.

I am the one who crafted its elections, nominations and other administrative documents,” Mr Marende said.He added: “I solved disputes fairly, like in 2007, when Rachel Shebesh and Elizabeth Ongoro disagreed. We found out that Ongoro won the ticket and we issued her with the certificate”.

Raila offer

Marende told The Standard he declined Raila’s offer for him to be the party’s chairman.In April 2017, the ODM headquarters in Nairobi’s Kilimani witnessed chaotic scenes after supporters of Ongoro (nominated Senator) tried to storm the Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen’s office following reports that she had been barred from contesting the Ruaraka parliamentary seat.

Ms Ongoro led her supporters to storm Orange House, threatening to eject the party’s from office. Ongoro accused Mr Ong’wen of trying to shortchange her. Police shot in the air to disperse the rowdy supporters.Ongoro later decamped from the ODM party. The Ruaraka seat is currently held by TJ Kajwang’.

MP Opiyo Wandayi, who is ODM’s Political Affairs Director, said the party was moving to a new office as one of its strategies of re-branding and re-engineering.“I have fond memories of Orange House, as it has been the seat of momentous changes in the country’s politics. This is where we plotted, initiated and managed all our politics,” Mr Wandayi said.

He added that as party officials, they were proud that the Orange House had produced all the key political players in Kenya.“President Uhuru Kenyatta was a member of ODM because he supported the Orange Movement against former President Mwai Kibaki-led Banana wing.

We are proud that Orange House has produced a President, Prime Minister Raila, Deputy Prime Minister Mudavadi and Deputy President William Ruto,” Wandayi said.He said the former ODM headquarters would remain the seat of the reform movement for the last decade, and would be consigned to the annals of the country’s politics.

Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch said Orange House would remain a key pillar in the history of the party.“We can equate it to a military barracks where we assembled our arsenal, directed our troops and retreated to scheme our next attack. It is a place where many politicians began their careers,” said Mr Oluoch.He recalled that as a legal practitioner, it was the place where he went to receive directions on legal matters that ODM was involved in.But he also has bad memories. “In 2013, the party gave direct nomination to Stephen Kariuki.

I let my supporters to storm Orange House, where we were baying for the blood of Namwamba.But Raila talked to me and I cooled down. Kariuki lost to George Wanjohi but petitioned the outcome. Wanjohi’s election was nullified and I won the by-election,” Oluoch said.Former ODM national organising secretary and Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo said together with Tony Gachoka, the late Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ played a key role in founding ODM.“Makueni MP Dan Maanzo had run away and registered ODM-Kenya.

Shortly after myself and Gachoka bumped into lawyer Mugambi Imanyara at Nairobi’s China Centre. We took him to Raila and he agreed to give us ODM,” Mr Ndolo said.But he regrets that despite them building Orange House for everybody to be proud of, current party leaders have messed it up.“ODM is the mother party of all politicians, apart from Kanu. But the current officials are using it to benefit themselves instead of building it,” Ndolo said.

Raila’s cousin and former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo did not want to talk about ODM.“I have bad memories of ODM and I don’t want to speak about it. Sometimes it is wise to keep quiet once you walk out of someone’s house,” Mr Midiwo said.

Underhand operations

Former National Assembly Speaker Farah Maalim said the party lost its national appeal due to underhand operations.“When we formed ODM, it was a national party represented by all tribes. Orange House was full of all Kenyans. But Raila became intolerant and told everybody who questioned him to leave. We left.When dishing out positions, he began with family, Luos and then others. Today, the party is a shell and only has one tribe as leaders,” Maalim said.

Imanyara acknowledges

Mr Imanyara acknowledged that it was he who gave Raila the party, but said many problems that faced the party then occurred due to the little time the outfit had to the 2007 elections.“ODM-Kenya had run away with their party. There was anxiety as to whether Raila would get a party to use for his presidential bid. I gave him ODM and helped them register it. The nomination squabbles resulted due to little time to the 2007 elections,” Imanyara said.

Another ugly episode at Orange House occurred when, in 2014, then Executive Director Magerer Lang’at was hounded out of office by party supporters.“I’m no longer in the party. I made my decision to quit on Thursday last week, and I am just saying this to end the turmoil in people’s minds. Though I am ODM’s life member, my spirit has refused it,” said the former Kipkelion MP, when he quit in 2014.

Murkomen Reveals Raila’s Unknown Role in Mariga’s IEBC Victory

  • While reacting to IEBC’s decision to clear McDonald Mariga to run for the Kibra seat, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Monday, September 16, revealed that the Jubilee aspirant’s quest was successful due to efforts by the opposition in 2016.
  • Murkomen disclosed that it was the 2016 anti-IEBC protests led by then-opposition leader Raila Odinga that birthed a joint parliamentary committee to look into election laws in the country.”After 2016 Nasa protests, a parliamentary committee was formed chaired by Senator James Orengo and Kiraitu Murungi (then Meru Senator).
  • I was a member. We changed election laws to make it easy to register voters and reverse the Kethi Kilonzo case,” he posted on Twitter.
  • Protestors along Nairobi’s University Way scamper for safety during the anti-IEBC protests in 2016. The protests were led by the opposition pushing for reforms in the IEBC ahead of the 2017 elections.It is important to note that the National Super Alliance (Nasa) at the time was referred to as the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) before rebranding after including more parties. 
  • Kethi’s aspiration to vie in the Makueni by-election after her father’s sudden death in 2013, hit a snag when querries over her voter registration details were raised.The committee alluded to by Murkomen was to address, among other issues, why the IEBC’s tribunal revoked Kethi’s nomination certificate on the grounds that she was not a registered voter anywhere in the country. 
  • The Orengo- and Murungi-led team came up with recommendations to reconstitute a new polls agency in time for the 2017 elections.The team also proposed the controversial party-hopping law that was largely seen as a move to force disgruntled party members into submission.  
  • Kiraitu Murungi (left) and James Orengo (right), co-chairs of the joint parliamentary committee on matters relating to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, give CORD co-principal Moses Wetang’ula a report by the group at parliament buildings in Nairobi on August 18, 2016.
  • “Locking out party-hoppers will ensure we develop strong parties with an ideological soul. MPs should support the law since the general spirit is to ensure that candidates who feel violated by political parties have enough time to seek redress,” Orengo stated at the time. 
  • Other members of the 14-member committee included, Boni Khalwale (ex-Kakamega senator), Johnson Muthama (ex-Machakos Senator), MPs Naomi Shaban (Taveta), Moses Kuria, (Gatundu South), Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North) Mohammed Mahmoud (Mandera West), Junet Mohammed (Suna East) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren), Beatrice Elachi and Mutula Kilonzo Jr.
  • On Monday, September 16, McDonald Mariga became the first well-known beneficiary of the changes in the law that can be traced back to efforts by the party leader of his biggest opponent, when he was cleared by the (IEBC) to vie for the Kibra Parliamentary seat.
  • While delivering the dispute resolution committee’s decision, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati confirmed that Mariga was a duly registered voter having made the registration on August 26, 2019, at Kariokor upon which he was issued with an acknowledgement slip.

Good to go: Mariga cleared by IEBC to vie for Kibra parliamentary seat

The die has been cast or at least will be cast on November 7 at the Kibra parliamentary by-election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Dispute Resolution Committee has cleared Jubilee party’s McDonald Mariga to vie for the seat, after it emerged that he was not a registered voter.

In his response, IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati said, “The complainant was duly registered as a voter.”

He further said that every document presented by Mariga was authentic. It emerged that he registered at the Kariokor Social Hall in 2016.

Chebukati has directed Kibra constituency Returning Officer Beatrice Muli to clear Mariga to enable him proceed with campaigns.

Speaking outside IEBC headquarters, Mariga said he is optimistic of the November 7 by-election, seeing as he is now cleared.

“Watu wa Kibra ndio wataamua atakayekuwa mbunge wao. Niko na documents zote. Hiyo sio shida kwa saa hii.” (The people of Kibra will decide who they want to vote.

I have all the documents needed, that’s not a problem. Today was about the validity of my candidacy, which has been cleared.)

Mariga to know fate as queries raised on his age

Footballer McDonald Mariga – whose candidature for the Kibra by-election has been the subject of unending controversy – will today know if he will be cleared to run for the vacant seat.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will make a ruling on whether he was duly registered as a voter. This, after invalidating his candidature over missing details in the voters’ roll.

But the football star’s woes might not end any time soon following yet another bid to stop him for contesting in the mini-poll over an alleged inconsistency in his national identification card.

The IEBC is largely expected to make a ruling on the voter registration issue and not the authenticity of Mariga’s ID after all parties made their submissions last Friday.

Leina Konchellah has petitioned IEBC to pronounce itself on the age issue, failing which, she says, she may 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.

She continues: “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 authenticity of the said documents he presented before the IEBC,” reads the submission.

Integrity important

Integrity is hugely important when clearing a candidate for political office and could be Mariga’s next major hurdle in his quest to succeed Ken Okoth.

This new development could force the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to probe the matter before Mariga can be cleared to run.

It could also put the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in a spot because it is required to provide clearance certificates for those seeking public office.

The saga surrounding the footballer has further cast doubt on whether Jubilee Party’s National Elections Board carried out due diligence before interviewing and picking the footballer from a list of 16 aspirants.

On Friday, Starehe Deputy Registration Officer Ishmael Yassin told the IEBC’s appeals committee, which is led by chairman Wafula Chebukati, that Mariga did not sign his voter registration acknowledgment slip.Mr Yassin told the poll team that Mariga had on August 26 gone to register as a voter at Kariakor but did not have his ID with him.

The footballer had to send his aide to fetch the document.It has also emerged that Jubilee never forwarded his contacts to the IEBC for the returning officer to invite him for a pre-nomination meeting for all candidates.

Kibra Constituency Returning Officer Beatrice Muli said she held a meeting with all the other parties on September 5, but Jubilee’s representatives and Mariga never showed up.Ms Muli said she tried to reach the party offices but the phone went unanswered.

She said when Mariga submitted his nomination certificate, election officials tried to find his name in the electronic register but it was missing.

Mariga to know his fate in Kibra by-election on Monday

Kenyan football star McDonald Mariga will on Monday know his fate in his bid to score a political goal to become the next Member of Parliament for Kibra or if he will watch it from the touchline.

This is according to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati, who chaired the commission’s Disputes Tribunal which is hearing the petition against invalidation of his candidature.

Beatrice Muli, the Kibra by-election Returning Officer who invalidated Mariga’s eligibility to vie for the seat on Tuesday, said she could not find the candidate’s name in the IEBC register and nomination check list.

Muli said Mariga and his Jubilee Party skipped a pre-nomination meeting where all nominated candidates present themselves at the constituency IEBC office for registration for the mini-poll.

“After a party nominates a candidate, the next step is for the candidate with a party official to present themselves to the electoral office for registration of the candidate. Neither the Jubilee Party nor its candidate were present for the exercise,” Muli told the tribunal.

“I even tried calling the party but my calls went answered. I am guided by the law and the constitution and that is what I followed when Mr Mariga presented himself on September 10, 2019.”

She further confirmed that the ICT voters’ registration list was up to date, but could not verify whether the hardcopy version was updated.

Ishmail Yasim, the Assistant Registration Officer for Starehe Constituency, the confirmed to have personally registered the footballer as a voter in Starehe on August 26, 2019 and issued him with an acknowledgement slip at 12:05pm.

This was more than a week after Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, officially declared the Kibra constituency parliamentary seat vacant following the death of area MP Ken Okoth.

Mariga was present during the hearing accompanied by his lawyers and a number of Jubilee officials.

Boni Khalwale called Mariga a hustler’s son. Big mistake!

Kenyans on Twitter have trolled former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale after he suggested that McDonald Mariga has been denied a chance to contest for Kibra seat because he is a hustler’s son.

“I come from a most unquequal country where Kennedy Kalonzo (former VP Kalonzoi Musyoka’s son) and Oburu Odinga (Raila Odinga’s brother) are gifted free parliamentary seats in East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) but Mariga (a hustler’s son) is being denied a chance to compete for a seat in Kibra. The Hutsler nation will speak,” wrote Khalwale on Twitter.

But a section of Khalwale’s followers would hear none of it.

RUTO’S DAUGHTER

One Allen Mawili poked holes in Khalwale’s assertion by pointing out that DP Ruto’s daughter June had recently landed a lucrative government appointment.

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I really feel ur pain, imagine June Ruto, DP Ruto’s daughter in her early 20s is a Polish Charge D’Affaires, where she heads Kenya’s embassy in the absence of an ambassador. While Dr khalwale being a medical doc and serious leader is her dad’s blogger and spanner boy

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I am Gathoni meanwhile showed a photo of one of Mariga’s flashy cars while wondering whether indeed, the former Inter Milan midfielder was a hustler.

“You guys thought Kibra by-election was an opportunity for you to bash Raila, little did you know that your candidate wasn’t a registered voter,” another user wrote.

“If he (Mariga) has never bothered to elect anyone why should someone bother to elect him?” yet another one posed.

Khalwale Hits Ida With Insult-Laden Response

  • Former Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale, hit back at Mama Ida Odinga after she mocked Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga over his misfortune in Kibra.”Mariga has sent the fear of the Lord in the Orange Democratic Movement! None other than the respected Ida Odinga advised that as a footballer Mariga will fail politically,” Khalwale lashed back on his Twitter on Thursday, September 12.
  • The former Kakamega Senator then reminded Ida that George Weah, a former decorated footballer and a Ballon d’Or winner, had turned Liberia from a war-torn country to a peaceful nation after becoming her president.Raila Odinga with his wife Ida Odinga.
  • Khalwale attacked Raila’s ODM ccusing them of fearing Jubilee’s McDonald MarigaHe further attacked AU envoy, Raila Odinga, over the numerous times his efforts to become president became futile.”Mama, celebrated footballer, President George Weah of Liberia, has succeeded where many Kenyan presidential wannabes didn’t,” Khalwale responded.Ida on Wednesday, September 11, dug into Mariga after IEBC invalidated his candidature.
  • Ida who was speaking in Kisumu mocked the footballer for dropping the sport for politics and failing on the first trial. She compared him to his compatriot Dennis Oliech who is best known for his footballing skills opining that Mariga had spoilt his legacy.
  • “Have you heard of the name Dennis Oliech? What has he excelled in?  Football isn’t it? Think of Mariga, I can not use that as a good example because, when he changed the profession, you see how he failed,” Ida stated amid giggles.”If he would have stuck to football he would do much much better,” Ida added.
  • After Mariga’S candidature was invalidated, ODM reacted by stating that they had not feared Jubilee’s decision to field Mariga in the Kibra by-election.McDonald Mariga and Dennis Oliech in a past Harambee Stars match. Ida Odinga noted that the Jubilee candidate should have kept away from politics.