Meru Elects 24-Year-Old Student As Igembe South MP


According to the provisional results released by Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Mwirigi has won the seat of Member of Parliament for Igembe South.Vying against Jubilee Party’s Joseph Miriti Mwereria in a hot campaign to the run up to the ballot, Mwirigi won garnering 39 per cent of the votes cast translating to 18,659 votes.

John Paul, an orphan has overcome great obstacles in life thanks to well wishers who even paid for his education.The 24-year-old a student currently enrolled in Chuka University, ran an efficient campaign with little to no funding. According to a source from the constituency, he wasn’t a favorite in the race but his victory could be attributed to the door-to-door campaigns he did. He also campaigned using boda bodas .

Key points of his manifesto include building roads, improving water supply and investing. Though it is difficult to say what will be first on his agenda, many constituents patiently wait to see what the young changemaker will fulfil during his time in office.

Meru County also produced the youngest Member of Parliament in the 11th Parliament. Boniface Kinoti Gatobu was elected in the 2013 election at the tender age of 26.



Check out the more on John Paul Mwirigi’s race to the August House here via Capital News.



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