23-year-old Kenyan university student, John Paul Mwirigi an independent candidate has beaten a veteran politicians to win the Igembe South parliamentary seat in the just concluded Kenyan 2017 general elections.
Mr John Paul Mwirigi, a Bachelor of Education student at Mt Kenya University won after garnering 18, 867 to beat Jubilee’s candidate, (ruling party) Rufus Miriti, who had 15, 411 votes.
Other candidates, who were seasoned politicians include Mwenda Mzalendo (7,695), Kubai Mutuma (6,331) and Raphael Muriungi (2,278) votes.
John Paul Mwirigi who is studying for a degree in education said his dream to be in parliament started in secondary school and he nurtured it by holding leadership positions.
“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.”
He promised to work hard to transform the lives of the people in his community despite his humble background.
“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.
Kenya’s election has been interesting with three women making history by winning governor seats and another three winning senatorial seats.
Mr Mwirigi, who will be the youngest member of parliament when sworn in did not have a flashy campaign.
He said he has been campaigning on foot by visiting homesteads before he received support from boda boda riders.
His supporters started celebrating on Wednesday when provisional results showed he was ahead of his rivals.
He said his first agenda would be supporting agribusiness activities, promote entrepreneurship and nurturing talents.
How hard I've hustled, how hard I've tried, how I never gave up, how I wanna succeed.