Jubilee women leaders oppose Mariga Kibra candidature


Two Jubilee women leaders have poured cold water on Macdonald Mariga’s candidature in the November 7 Kibra by-election.
Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi said Mariga cannot fit into the shoes of the late MP Ken Okoth.
“For anyone going to Kibra, they must set the bar high just like Ken Okoth…Mariga cannot continue Okoth’s legacy,” Elachi told Citizen TV on Tuesday morning.
She said Mariga just woke up one morning to claim that he can govern the people of Kibra.
“I am sorry to say that..this is why I feel sad. When I wanted to vie in Dagoretti North, I did not just wake up and go there to vie, I started the journey two years before elections,” Elachi said.
He advised budding politicians to take a queue from seasoned politicians and never to allow to be used by some powerful individuals to flex their muscles.
Wajir Women Rep Fatuma Gedi Elachi said Mariga cannot even express himself wondering which kind of an MP he will be in case he wins.
The man cannot even express himself, which is unfortunate, to say the least,” she said.
She said that if indeed he wanted to join politics, he would have started empowering Kibra residents when he was playing in Europe.
“He should have built a football academy in Kibra before claiming he wants to govern its people,” said Gedi.
The two leaders also slammed Mariga for failing to register as a voter in the previous elections, saying it was a clear indication he wasn’t patriotic and interested in politics.
“You have never even bothered to register as a voter, you won’t even vote for yourself and you expect people to vote for you…that is ridiculous,” Elachi said.
Their declaration comes a week after Jubilee nominated MP Maina Kamanda declared his support for Okoth for the by-election.


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