Former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Miguna Miguna was on Wednesday night put on the spot after he claimed ODM leader Raila Odinga vied for the presidency in the 1992 general election.

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Reacting to French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Kenya, Miguna said it was ironical Raila was still in leadership when other countries such as France were being ruled by young people.

"When Raila Odinga vied for the presidency for the first time in 1992, Mr Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, was only 15 years' old. One ROOT CAUSE for Africa's stagnation, decay and backwardness is the refusal of its despots to give way for fresh visionary leadership," the firebrand lawyer tweeted.

However, in a quick rejoinder, ODM spokesperson Philip Etale refuted Miguna's claim pointing out that Raila vied for a parliamentary seat and not the presidency.

Etale recalled his boss became MP for Lang'ata constituency (now Kibra) after he dethroned then Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Philip Leakey who had occupied the seat since 1979.

"Omwami Raila Odinga never ran for the presidency in 1992. He only vied for the Lang'ata parliamentary seat which he easily won by beating the incumbent and then cabinet Minister Philip Leakey. Facts are very stubborn though," Etale noted.

When more tweeps hit out at Miguna over misrepresentation of facts, he stood to his ground insisting even in 1997, the current French President was still young.

"Irrelevant. Macron was still a teenager when Raila Odinga first vied in 1997. Same point. Focus!" he maintained.