A 24-year-old independent candidate, John Paul Mwirigi, has all the bragging rights to stand on top of the world and testify what God has done for him. He will be the youngest ever Member of Parliament should he be declared the winner of the Igembe South Parliamentary seat in the just concluded general election.
Coming from a humble background, John an orphan, decided to try his luck in politics and little did he know that he would emerge the winner. The soft spoken lad was competing against five candidates among them Jubilee’s Joseph Mwereria and Meru Deputy Governor, Raphael Muriungi.
Unlike many who used choppers and expensive vehicles to traverse the expansive region wooing voters, John Paul engaged in a door-to-door vote campaign exercise and never printed a single poster nor billboard because he had no money. He is a hustler and relies on menial jobs.
“I am currently jobless. I rely on vibarua to make ends meet. Nonetheless, I thank God that I am headed for the August House. I won’t let down my constituents, who believe in me,” he said.
John Paul is just among the many new faces who were voted into various positions in the August 8 General Election thanks to their humility.
“I am always with my people and they know the struggle (I have gone through) for the prosperity of our society and that’s why they chose me. My opponents spent a lot of money in their campaigns. Some even tried to bribe voters but the people of Igembe were wise to choose someone who has their interests at heart and that is me.”
The young University student is thankful to his voters for believing in him and he says he is ready to bring change to his constituency.
Mwirigi had 19,366, followed by Mwereria who garnered 15,977 votes.
“I want to thank the people of Igembe South for electing me into Parliament. I will serve you to the best of my ability. I will work closely with my competitors. I want to represent the common mwananchi, whose needs are often overlooked by Parliamentarians once they get into office.”
Boniface Kinoti Gatobu was the Kenya’s youngest MP who was elected as Buuri Member of Parliament in the 2013 general election. He was 26 at that time.
Kenyans are mesmerized by Igembe South constituents and here is what some of them had to say about John Paul Mwirigi’s victory
Rosa: Igembe south my constituency….. Hatutambui pesa na rusungu.Humility does wonders.
Victor: Na Mimi hapa nko 25 na sijui nataka nini. I think I should re-order my life
Maggy: Congratulations Mwirigi! You have convinced the World that for sure God is always Faithful.
Stephy: When God chooses you, no one can change that. Congratulations to you and kudos to those people who voted for you without favour of what political party you are affiliated with
Beryl: I know he’s single, I have proposals as to how he can retain the seat if am at his side
Faith: Parliament ni ya vijana ,I love that it’s no longer Jubilee or NASA, we are all Kenyans. Peace should unite us …
Mwende: If you humble yourself and you are down to earth, put God before everything he will surely up lift you and you will be a testimony to many, congrats young boy.