23-Year-Old Student Wins Parliamentary Seat In Kenya
While Nigerian youths are just celebrating the opportunity they might get to run for elective positions in 2019, Kenyans have elected a 23-year-old student into their parliament.
He was declared winner on Thursday morning.
The best part is that he ran as an independent candidate and defeated a good number of established politicians.
Mr John Paul Mwirigi, a Bachelor of Education student at Mt Kenya University is the next Igembe South MP, Kenya.
He won after garnering 18, 867 against Jubilee’s Rufus Miriti, who had 15, 411 votes.
Seasoned politicians like Mwenda Mzalendo (7,695), Kubai Mutuma (6,331) and Raphael Muriungi (2,278) are other candidates the young man defeated.
If you think he was backed by some moneybag, then check this - he said he has been campaigning on foot by visiting homesteads before he received support from boda boda riders.
He could not even afford the elaborate campaigns politicians are known for, and which his opponents must have deployed.
Speaking on his win, Mr Mwirigi said he first expressed interest in politics while in form three at Kirindine Day secondary school.
“I had a dream where I was tabling a motion in Parliament while I was in form three. That is when I started asking my fellow students to start campaigning for me since I would need their vote in 2017.
“I have held leadership positions in school and in my neighbourhood,” said Mr Mwirigi.
Mr Mwirigi said his first agenda would be supporting agribusiness activities, promote entrepreneurship and nurturing talents.
“Since I come from a humble background, I understand the issues that affect the residents. My key agenda will be to transform the lives of the people,” said the youthful candidate.