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KENYA: 24-year-old Orphan Emerge Youngest MP

By Published August 10, 2017

A 24 year old undergraduate orphan of Mt Kenya University has emerged the youngest Member of Parliament having beaten veteran politicians to win the Igembe South parliamentary seat in the just concluded general elections.

John Paul Mwirigi who ran as an independent candidate with meagre funds raised by ‘Boda Boda’ riders had to settle for the traditional door to door campaign which saw him defeat his older, experienced and rich contenders of Jubilee Party, Rufus Miriti by over 3,000 votes.

“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,” he was quoted as saying.

Mwirigi promised to work hard to transform the lives of the people of the community he represents.

“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,” he said.

The sixth born of a family of eight, John Paul Mwirigi said he still live in a ‘granary’ – raised house and does not own a land, contrary to claims that he sold his land to fund his campaign.

Residents said they decided to elect the less resourced candidate because they are confident he understands their problems and will address them.

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