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Expected Fireworks In Kibra As IEBC Clears Mariga to Contest In the By-Election

Simba Watkins

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IEBC Tribunal has cleared Jubilee candidate McDonald Mariga to run for the Kibra seat after it established that the former Harambee Stars skipper is validly registered to vote. Mariga  had petitioned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission after Kibra returning officer Beatrice Muli invalidated his nomination on grounds that his name was missing from the register of voters. The tribunal held its final hearings this morning.

READ ALSO:It’s All Systems Go As IEBC Clears Mariga To Vie For Kibra MP Seat

 

The Kibra duel is shaping up as a contest between ODM and the Ruto wing of Jubilee. Pundits believe the DP will be taking full advantage of the by elections to raid Kibra, a traditional Raila Odinga territory for more than two decades.

EBC, during a Monday press conference led by Chairman Wafula Chebukati, stated that the former soccer ace is indeed a registered voter.

READ ALSO:IEBC Returning Officer Beatrice Muli Exposes Mariga, Explains Why She Blocked Him From Kibra Race

Mariga had filed an appeal challenging the IEBC decision to invalidate his candidature from the by-election set for November 7, 2019, adding that his disqualification was “improper, null and void.”

“The complainant is duly registered as a voter. The respondent’s decision of September 10, 2019 declining the nomination of the complainant on account that he was not registered as a voter is hereby set aside,” said Mr. Chebukati.

“The respondent is hereby ordered to process the complainant’s application for nomination as the Jubilee Party’s candidate for the Kibra constituency by-election slated for Nov 7, 2019 in accordance with the law. Each party shall bear their own costs.”

READ ALSO:Ruto Camp Faces Big Blow As Planted Mariga Is Rejected By IEBC.

A section of Jubilee MPs turned their guns on party secretary general Raphael Tuju accusing him of sponsoring legal hurdles for Mariga.

The allies of Deputy President William Ruto have linked the Cabinet Secretary without portfolio to the petition filed at the dispute resolution committee by Kibra voter Leina Konchellah.

Mariga will face off with Imran Okoth(ODM), Eliud Owalo (ANC) , Khamisi Butichi (Ford Kenya) among others.

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