In Summary
  • The young MPs represent the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Kenyan youth, who form the larger part of the population.
  • They also capture Kenya’s vision, which entails equal opportunities for everyone and access to good facilities by all Kenyans.

Kenyans expect a lot from the 12th Parliament, given that they chose to try out ‘hot blood’ through the new crop of leaders whom they elected to the House.

The National Assembly, for instance, has many young legislators.

They include Babu Owino, Charles Njagua Kanyi, aka Jaguar, John Kiarie, alias KJ, John Paul Mwirigi and Ndindi Nyoro.

These politicians are expected to bring fresh perspectives into our governance system and a renewed sense of transformative leadership.

OPPORTUNITY
For a long time, the youth have lamented that leadership was in the hands of the ‘old guard’ who have run out of ideas.

This is an opportunity to test the mettle of the young people.

Many Kenyans will be keen to see whether the youth will be the alternative leadership that the nation has, for decades, yearned for.

It is also a time for the youth to disprove the older generation, who have always held them in low regard.

EQUITY
The young MPs represent the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Kenyan youth, who form the larger part of the population.

They also capture Kenya’s vision, which entails equal opportunities for everyone and access to good facilities by all Kenyans.

It is noteworthy that the MPs have endeared themselves to the people in unique ways.

Starehe MP Njagua, for instance, is a popular musician whose songs appeal to different ethnic and social strata.

Some of Jaguar’s songs, such as "Kigeugeu", highlight the ills in the society.

STUDENT
Dagoretti South voters chose former comedian Kiarie.

KJ was part of the satirical television show Reddykyulas, which united Kenyans and got people talking of his brilliance.

Igembe South MP Mwirigi is a cub, a lion in the making. At 23, he is the youngest in the House.

The university student is an embodiment of what is possible.

A man from humble means buoyed by the desire to serve, his dream has come true.

Kiharu MP Nyoro is an astute entrepreneur and former student leader.

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