A parliamentary aspirant in Kitui got an early Christmas present from his supporters last weekend. A group of university students invited Kitui West Wiper aspirant Ben Mbai to a harambee.
They then revealed that he (Mbai) was the "development project". The youth, led by Norman Munywoki who coordinates youth groups in the constituency, said they raised more than Sh1 million to fund Mbai's campaign after identifying him as the best man to become their MP.
"The youth in Kitui West have for long suffered under tyrannical regimes headed by insensitive leaders and self-seekers. We thus decided to fund one of our own, who will be accessible in order to thrust him to the MP position," said Munywoki.
He added that they had challenges mounting successful campaigns hence the surprise Mbai's fundraiser. Munywoki said the youth have raised the funds for seven months.
They invited Mbai to preside over the grand finale where they handed him the cash. Speaking after the fundsraiser at Kabati market in Kitui West, Mbai said he attended the function as a well-wisher and a champion of the youth agenda.
He thanked the youth for the generous gesture which he said epitomised the confidence the electorate have in him. Mbai said if elected he will include the youth in his development projects. He said the money will be put to immediate use through the production of promotional material.