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Thursday, 10 August 2017

23-yr-old Undergraduate, John Mwirigi wins Senate seat in Kenya

A 23-year-old undergraduate, John Paul Mwirigi is set to become Kenya’s youngest MP, after beating veteran politicians to win a parliamentary election.


He won the Igembe South seat after running a modest campaign, often campaigning by walking from door to door. He says he discovered his interest in politics while in form three at Kirindine Day secondary school, the Daily Nation reports.

“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.

His supporters say they decided to elect him because they are confident he knows their problems and will address them.

Mr Mwirigi said his first task 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.

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