Football darling McDonald Mariga knows what life in the slum is like.
He hopes to be the MP from Kibra after the seat fell vacant due to the sudden death of Ken Okoth who was battling cancer.
“I was raised her [Kibra] in Karanja, I know how it is like to live in a slum,” Mariga told the media earlier today.
The former Kenyan international football star officially presented his papers to the Jubilee Party for consideration to vie for the Kibra Parliamentary seat.
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He denied that he is a political project for a powerful individual.
“I’m not being used by anyone. I want to give back to the community.”
So, has he retired? Mariga said, “I will confirm that later when I’m in a better position to talk about it.”
Asked is running for office, will interfere with how his fans perceive him, Mariga defended his political stance.
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“It won’t interfere at all with my stature. Running for office is a decision I came to after a lengthy discussion with my family. It is also my way of giving back to the community.”
Is there undue influence to push Mariga as a prefered candidate? The footballer responded to the claims saying,
“There is no influence at all. We are all the same. We have to wait for them [Jubilee Party] to decide.”