Mariga to know fate as queries raised on his age
SEE ALSO :MPs plot how they will keep their jobsLeina 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 importantIntegrity 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.
SEE ALSO :27 constituencies could be scrappedThis 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.
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