Former Kenyan football star McDonald Mariga Wanyama is a man under siege following reported discrepancies on his actual age which came to light after he recently jumped into politics.
According to Wikipedia, the former defensive midfielder was born on April 4, 1987 contrary to what his father Mzee Noah Wanyama had said in a previous media interview last year. Wanyama Senior had clearly indicated that Mariga, was born in 1981, and he recalled how he guided the first-born into football career from a tender age.
“I started going with Mariga for practice at City Stadium when he was only nine. He would carry my bag, and wipe my shoes, and I would help him make polythene balls to play with,” he said, as was quoted by Standard.
In August 2019, the former Inter Millan star announced his bid for the Kibra Constituency Member of Parliament seat following the death of Ken Okoth (former MP). But it was until his voter’s card bearing his ID number was leaked to the public when things changed. Many Kenyans think that the ID number 29801496 on the voter’s card which Mariga has since confirmed to be his, should instead belong to persons born in the 1990s.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would later disqualify Mariga from the kibra contest saying that he is not a registered voter- a verdict the footballer has profusely objected. With all these in mind, Kenyans have gone berserk!
Dear Good Citizens Of Kibra .. Here, meet your incoming MP Hon. Mariga when he was 5 Years Old in 1992 as per the ID he is using to be your MP …. Constitution entitles you to full disclosure on your MP ….. pic.twitter.com/uHITFLe67L
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) September 12, 2019
His birth day was written on the beach in high tide . ….but we can speculate hakosi 42 hapo
— Mzalendo (@JohMats) September 12, 2019
Add his two ages and divide by two. You answer will have a marginal error of + or – 5 na utoshekee hapo
— I AM spin (@jothamhimself) September 12, 2019
Not sure ,but mu dad is 45 and he says they were classmates. Who’s lying??
— Nafula (@trizah_tee) September 12, 2019
— *N.e.f.e.r.t.i.t.i* ⚛️™🥇 (@africanqueenmum) September 11, 2019
— Rachi (@RaphaelRachi) September 10, 2019
Mariga is the brother to 28-year old (according to Wikipedia) Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Mugubi Wanyama, Basketball star Mercy Wanyama, footballer Sylvester Wanyama and Thomas Wanyama.