Renowned Kenyan activist and photojournalist Boniface Mwangi has urged Kibra residents not to vote for former international footballer McDonald Mariga in the forthcoming by-elections.
According to Mwangi, Mariga has nothing to offer Kibra residents since he’s never positively impacted the youth.
The activist further said that instead, Mariga has pushed Kenyan youth to ward betting addiction.
“Kibra people, learn from Starehe and Lang’ata voters. They decided to elect socialites and they're now suffering.
“Mariga's contribution to the Kenyan youth was to get them addicted to gambling. He has billboards across Kenya promoting betting. Don't send such a person to parliament. Be wise,” he wrote.
Cyprian Nyakundi’s similar sentiments
Mwangi’s comments were echoed by blogger Cyprian Nyakundi who questioned Mariga’s contribution to Kibra residents during his playing days.
“Why didn't McDonald Mariga use the money and influence he had during his playing days to significantly change the lives of Kibra residents?
“Why didn't he nurture young Kibra talents through the construction of classrooms or development of playing fields when he had the ability to do it?
“Isn't it interesting that the ex-footballer only developed an interest in joining politics just weeks after the government's official crackdown on betting companies (Mariga's current sole source of income) began?” posed Nyakundi.
By-election, Ruto links
Mariga beat 17 other aspirants in interviews by Jubilee’s National Election Board to secure the Jubilee ticket to vie in the November 7 by-election.
However, a section of Kenyans have accused Mariga of being a project of Deputy President William Ruto, claims he refuted.
“I am not being pushed by anybody. It is something that I have decided to do after consulting my family,” the footballer said.
Mariga will face-off with Amani National Congress’ Eliud Owalo and other candidates yet to be announced by their respective parties.
The Kibra seat fell vacant following the death of ODM’s Ken Okoth who succumbed to cancer.