Mariga Meets Uhuru and Ruto at State House (Photos)

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Kibra Candidate Macdonald Mariga at State House

Jubilee Kibra Candidate Macdonald Mariga on Wednesday met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at State House.

The meeting was conveyed for the purpose of discussing the upcoming campaigns for the Kibra by-election.

An official statement from State House stated that Uhuru fully backed Mariga’s bid and wished him success ahead of the contest.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Dr William Ruto today at State House, Nairobi met Jubilee Party candidate for the forthcoming Kibra Constituency by-election Macdonald Mariga.”

“The President wished Mr Mariga, who was accompanied by Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju, success in the contest and assured him of his full backing.” read a part of the statement.

The gathering comes a day after it was reported that Uhuru would not be campaigning for Mariga.

It was alleged that the President was focused on more important issues and would not have time to help the footballer sell himself to the people of the area.

Reports had indicated that the Head of State had no initial plans to help the former Inter midfielder.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Macdonald Mariga during meeting at State House
President Uhuru Kenyatta (Centre) Deputy President William Ruto (Left) during meeting with Macdonald Mariga at Sate House

A senior official who had spoken to a local daily on Tuesday, revealed that Uhuru was focused on the Big Four Agenda.

“The President has more important issues to deal with and there were no plans for him to campaign in Kibra.

“Uhuru is focused on delivering the Big Four Agenda,” stated the official.

The former Parma player had on Monday been cleared to vie for the seat by the IEBC following a petition he had presented to the body against the decision made by Kibra Returning Officer Beatrice Muli,.

On September 6, Mariga had challenged the verdict at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s Disputes Resolution Committee to deny him a chance to vie for the position.

Jubilee Kibra Aspirant Macdonald Mariga during presentation of his nomination certificate by IEBC Kibra Returning Officer Beatrice Muli

Muli had a week ago stated that his details were missing from the voters register.

The former Harambee Stars captain was later presented with his nomination certificate and set to battle it out with ODM candidate Imran Okoth and ANC candidate Eliud Owalo on November 7.

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