The Star (Nairobi)

20 February 2013

Kenya: University Studen Joins Crowded Race for Kiharu Seat

A 25-year-old university student is among the 10 candidates cleared by the IEBC to vie for the Kiharu parliamentary seat. James Mwangi, a law student at Mt Kenya University in Thika, is vying for the seat on a Saba Saba Asili ticket.

Speaking yesterday to the Star, Mwangi said he is banking on the support of the youth and various community interest groups to clinch the seat.

The candidate, a former student leader at the institition, urged the youth to ignore calls from TNA politicians for a 'six-piece' vote saying it undermines democracy.

"We are sad that some people are trying to impose leaders on voters by calling for a six-piece voting. This is wrong and we will not accept it in Murang'a," he said.

Mwangi said voters should be given a free hand to elect leaders of their choice regardless of the party affiliation. He asked the youth to support his bid so that he can represent their interests in Parliament. He said division among the youth allows politicians to misuse them during campaigns and dump once they are elected.

Mwangi said he will make sure that leaders appreciate the role of the youth, even though he may not be incorporated into the next government because of his party.

"Our power lies in the numbers and we have the capacity to influence the leadership of this country. This will however happen only if we speak in one voice," he said.

He said he is conducting door-to-door campaigns because he does not have enough finances to hold campaign rallies. "Lack of finances is the major challenge youthful candidates are facing. This has given the well endowed candidates an upper hand against us," said the youthful politician.

Others aspirants eyeing the seat include are lawyer Irungu Kangata(TNA), businessmen Antony Mwangi (UDF), Stephen Maina (Kanu), Kamotho Njenga (PDU),Francis Ritho (Farmers party) and Antony Kamutu (CCM).

Others are Mzalendo Saba Saba's Marubu Munyaka, GNU's Muturi Mwangi and Independent candidate George Gatiaga.

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