Priceless Moment Imran Okoth Bumped Into Mariga in Kibra Campaigns

  • Jubilee and ODM supporters peacefully greeting each other during their campaigns in Kibra on Monday, September 10. This was before Mariga's candidature was invalidated by IEBC after his name was found missing in the voter register. File
  • It was a never seen before sight in Kibra on Tuesday, Septemeber 10, when Jubilee and ODM brigades ran into each other during campaigns.

    The two groups had already launched campaigns for their respective candidates, renowned footballer McDonald Mariga and Benard 'Imran' Okoth.

    This was after Jubillee and ODM had presented nominations certificates to their respective candidates who later presented them to IEBC offices before the commission commission halted Mariga's foray into politics

    Jubilee and ODM supporters peacefully greeting each other during their campaigns in Kibra on Monday, September 10. This was before Mariga's candidature was invalidated by IEBC after his name was found missing in the voter register.
    Jubilee and ODM supporters peacefully greeting each other during their campaigns in Kibra on Monday, September 10. This was before Mariga's candidature was invalidated by IEBC after his name was found missing in the voter register.

    In photos seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the early campaigns resulted in the two rivals teams meeting, but to the surprise of many, each went on peacefully with their business.

    The photos, the ODM team led by Edwin Sifuna and Imran Okoth are seen at the roof of their campaign vehicle, heavily flanked by their diehard supporters.

    On the other hand, the Jubilee team donned in their red campaign T-shirts and caps perched high on their campaign trailer, were also leading their supporters probably chanting Mariga, to impress the residents.

    The most interesting bit, however, is the fact that on meeting, members from both teams stretched out their arms to shake hands, a sign of peace, before going their separate ways.

    This is is a rare sight given the obvious competitive bug that bites politicians and supporters in mini polls and the historical animosity between the two political camps. 

    However, we might not be treated to such future sobering sights from this race, at least for now, given the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) decision to bar Mariga from contesting.

    According to reports by NTV, his name was missing from the voters' register, which consequently implied that he did not meet the minimum requirements to vie for the Kibra parliamentary seat.

    The legendary footballer had rushed to beat the IEBC deadline to present his nomination certificate but his candidature was invalidated, as the electoral body stated that he was not a registered voter.

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    Mariga supporters earlier on Monday, September 10 campaigning in Kibra.

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    ODM candidate for the Kibra mini-poll during the campaign trail in Kibra. His competitor, McDonald Mariga's candidature was invalidated by IEBC on Monday, September 9.