Miguna Takes Mariga's Critics Head On

  • Lawyer Miguna Miguna (left) and McDonald Mariga (right). Miguna came to Mariga's defence following attacks by Kenyans on social media. File
  • Jubilee Party's McDonald Mariga found himself on the receiving end of harsh criticism when he entered the race for Kibra Parliamentary seat on September 2.

    Kenyans and politicians alike publicly attacked the former Harambee Stars captain, pointing out his inexperience in the political world. Some went as far as calling him a puppet and project of Deputy President William Ruto.

    On Tuesday, October 15, controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna came to Mariga's defence when took on Kenyans on Twitter, calling them out for what he described as hypocrisy.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and McDonald Mariga. The Kibra parliamentary seat aspirant has come under harsh criticism from politicians and Kenyans alike regarding his eligibility and competence.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and McDonald Mariga. The Kibra parliamentary seat aspirant has come under harsh criticism from politicians and Kenyans alike regarding his eligibility and competence.

     He questioned the loyalty of the netizens when they turned on Mariga after he declared his interest in politics.

    Miguna argued that Kenyans enthusiastically cheered Mariga on, and even labelled him a national hero when he played football in Europe and for the national team, but immediately branded him a foreigner when he expressed his desire to represent the people of Kibra.

    The lawyer professed that Kenyans would do the same to track legend Eliud Kipchoge if he dared run for office.

    A Twitter user by the moniker Rusty Case accused Mariga of being coerced by a politician and lacking the courage to make his own decisions.

    Miguna hit back arguing that, in Kenya, any hardened criminal could achieve political success. He argued that playing football in Europe was more challenging than politics in Kenya.

    "Playing international football is more challenging than doing politics in Kenya which only requires the ability to loot, steal elections and commit murder. Any crook or hardened criminal can "achieve" that. We must transform the Kenyan society and INJECT HONESTY [sic] into politics." Miguna argued.

    Embakasi East MP, Babu owino heads a long list of politicians who have questioned the former footballer's eligibility and commitment towards representing the people of Kibra.