Former Harambee Stars captain McDonald Mariga during a past press conference. PHOTO/COURTESY
Ex Kenyan skippper McDonald Mariga has found himself on the wrong side of Kenyans on Twitter #KOT after his campaign message went viral.
Those who tweeted have shared the screenshots of a text message from an USSD code account named MARIGA.
“Hello (Name of recipient), naomba kukujulisha nitang’ang’ania kiti cha MP wa Kibra katika uchaguzi mdogo ujao. Naomba kura yako. Nakutakia wikendi njema. STOP “456”9″5# (Hello, I’m requesting to let you know that I will be vying for the MP seat dor Kibra in the upcoming by election. I’m requesting for your vote. Wishing you a nice weekend. STOP “456”9″5#),” the text reads.
But the text did not ogre well with many Kenyans, most of them demanding to know how the Champions League winner with Italian side Inter Milan got their private contacts.
Just received this from @MarigaOfficial. Please I am neither Christine nor do I vote in Kibra. #ODMDecides #ODMKibra #KibraDecides #KibraByelection #Mariga #ImranOkoth #BensonMusungu pic.twitter.com/OajhQyEcxu
— Zuleikha Juma Hassan (@Mpzuleikahassan) September 7, 2019
— Khotsa (@Mwangala_) September 7, 2019
— Emm Ok (@sheldonne_) September 7, 2019
We need @NelsonHavi to sue @MarigaOfficial for abuse of privacy by hijacking phone contacts from @BetinKenya to send vote begging messages to voters. This is private data adulteration #KOTLoyals #KibraDecides #KibraByelection @kot @Disembe @TheODMparty https://t.co/tcfMrzKxLQ
— Seronei von Chelulei🇰🇪🇨🇳🇩🇪 (@SeroneiCheison) September 7, 2019
— Sir.James Hussein MC'ODU 🇰🇪 (@SirJamesMc) September 7, 2019
— @LucilleKemunto (@LucilleKemunto) September 7, 2019
Mariga was chosen by Jubilee Party to contest for the Kibra Constituency by election after the death of former MP Ken Okoth in July.
Mariga’s decision to vie for the seat has been met with intense criticism from Kenyans who have accused him of failing to emulate his fellow footballers in building hospitals and schools as a way of giving back to the community.
Players like Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, former Chelsea goal criminal Didier Drogba and former Cameroon striker Samuel Etoo have installed tremendous charites in their respective homes with Mariga’s only initiative being to urge youths to stake bets.