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IEBC announces date for Kibra by-election



The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has gazetted November 7, 2019 as the date for Kibra parliamentary by-election.

The seat fell vacant following the death of former Member of Parliament Ken Okoth, who succumbed to cancer on July 26, 2019.

In a gazette notice dated August 16, 2019, the IEBC said each political party intending to participate in the by-election has until August 26, 2019 to submit names of candidates set to take part in the nominations.

The nomination exercise, according to IEBC, will be held on September 9 and 10 even as Jubilee and Wiper parties indicated they will not field a candidate but will support the ODM candidate for the seat.


The campaign period shall commence on, Monday September 9, 2019 and end on Monday, November 4, 2019 being 48 hours before the by-election day.

Campaign time shall run from 7am to 6pm during the campaign period.

The seat has already attracted more than 20 aspirants from ODM which is planning to meet and pick its preferred candidate for the seat.


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Mariga returns to Kibra, thanks residents for their support



McDonald Mariga on Monday made a return to Kibra to thank area residents for their support during the just concluded by-elections.

The retired football star’s entry into active politics didn’t go as he would have wished.

He finished a distant second, behind ODM’s Bernard Okoth during the hotly contested polls last week on Thursday.

The race attracted 24 candidates.

Mariga said he visited some of his supporters who were injured in skirmishes during the electioneering period.

“I visited some of my supporters who were injured during the by-election and wished them well and also thank those who voted for me. As good citizens, we should always maintain peace no matter our differences in who we support,” Mariga said.

However, Mariga remained coy on the future but there are reports he is keen on making another attempt to win the Kibra seat in 2022.


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Meet Anne Okoth wife to Kibra’s new MP Imran Okoth



They say behind every successful man there must be a woman and for Imran Okoth that woman is his wife, Anne Ithara Okoth, his companion of many years.

Although not much is known about her she was seen by her husband’s side in the just-concluded Kibra by-elections.

Imran Okoth and his wife Anne

Many might wonder why Okoth is called Imran what many do not know is that he is a converted Muslim.

He decided to convert to Islam owing to his upbringing in Kibra where most of his friends were Nubians.

“He never left Kibra. He has spent his whole life there. He settled there and is married with children. The name Imran is not an alias. That became his name after he became a Muslim.”

Imran Okoth

Imran was declared the winner on Friday morning after garnering 24,636 votes to beat Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga.

Mariga conceded defeat when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) figures from 40 out of 183 polling stations showed he was second.


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Moi back in hospital



Former president Daniel Moi was re-admitted at the Nairobi Hospital barely two days after he was discharged.

Family spokesperson Lee Njiru says the former head of state has been undergoing routine checkup since Saturday, November 9.

Mr Njiru said that Mzee Moi is admitted at the VIP wing, a homely setup, to facilitate continual checkups and necessary treatment.

“I appeal to the press fraternity not to cause unwarranted alarm by exploiting the credulity of the masses,” he said, adding that medical bulletins will be issued as and if necessary.

Mr Njiru sought to assure Kenyans that Mzee Moi’s health was stable, adding that the former president was “alert and being attended to by a professional medical team led by his personal physician Dr David Silverstein,”

Mr Moi who celebrated his 95th birthday last month had on Thursday last week left hospital where he had been admitted for close to two weeks, following chest complications.


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