Uhuru gives Kenya’s youngest MP a car

President Uhuru Kenyatta has today, Friday handed over a brand new car to John Paul Mwirigi, the 23-year-old Igembe South MP.

The President had promised to buy the Independent MP a car soon after the Igembe South MP was elected on August 8 after learning how Mwirigi traversed the constituency on foot during the campaign.

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The youthful MP has thanked the President for the gift, saying he will now be able to serve his constituents better with the new vehicle.

The MP, an undergraduate student of Education at Mount Kenya University, got 76 per cent of the votes cast.

He succeeds Mithika Linturi, who is now the Meru senator.

Mwirigi campaign rallies were imbued with a sense of humility, as he would hit the trail on foot, engage in door-to-door vote lobbying, reminding voters to identify him – on the ballot – with his characteristic grey sweater that has a black stripe running horizontally just beneath his chest area.

Picture by PSCU

Mwirigi never printed a campaign poster, banking on his humble outlook to edge over perceived political heavyweights such as Jubilee Party’s Joseph Mwereria and Meru Deputy Governor, Raphael Muriungi, who got a paltry 2,278 votes in a race contested by five candidates.

Other competitors were Jubilee candidate Rufus Muriti, Mzalendo Mwenda of (PNU), Mutuma Kubai of Maendeleo Chap Chap and Raphael Murigi of Democratic Party.

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