Retired footballer Mcdonald Mariga’s bid to shift from the football field to the political arena has been murky.
By Oyamo Beuttah
Mariga who was unveiled as the Jubilee party aspirant was disqualified by Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission(IEBC) after his name missed on the registered voters’ list.
As Kenyans await his appeal against the same, others are now doubtful of his Identity Card number, appearing on his electoral card.
“I just want to understand how someone born in 1981 has a 298…. ID Number,” tweeted one social media user.
The tweet received mixed reactions, with some defending Mariga while others seem to agree that the ID number is for a younger person.
“Man is a fraud, hiyo ni age ya Football,” tweeted Roy Ochieng, to dismiss the ID number.
Another user however came to the defence of Mariga, asserting that he might have been using his passport earlier.
“Might have been using passport,” tweeted Jesse Ogolla.
Even though Mariga was actually born in 1987, the ID number still raises questions. A cross check by this source reveals that those born around this time would have their ID numbers beginning with 26 and 27.
Mariga is popular for his football achievements in Europe notably winning the coveted UEFA Champions League trophy with Inter Milan in 2010.
He is currently in a political tussle for Kibra parliamentary seat which was declared vacant after the demise of former MP Ken Okoth.
He faces tough competition from among others Imran Okoth (ODM), Eliud Owalo (ANC) and Engineer Khamisi Butichi (Ford Kenya).