Teenager wins county ward seat

Mr Kibiwott Munge, who won the Lembus Perkerra ward URP ticket, has had a good run in the election campaigns and is now hoping his maiden attempt in competitive politics will not be in vain. He is 19 years old.
By NATION CORRESPONDENT  ( email the author)

Posted  Wednesday, March 6  2013 at  00:30

A teenager has made history in Kenya by winning a county assembly seat.

Nineteen-year-old Kibiwott Munge, who vied on a URP ticket, won the Lembus Perkera ward in Baringo with 3,333 votes, becoming the youngest Kenyan to clinch a political seat in an election.

There were shouts of joy when the former Tenges Boys High student was announced winner in Eldama Ravine town on Monday night.

“This is a victory for young people and a clear indication they have what it takes to lead this country,” said Mr Munge in his acceptance speech.

Last year, 19-year-old Proscovia Alengot Oromait was elected to the Ugandan Parliament, making her the youngest and first teenage politician in Africa.

Mr Munge thanked his parents for giving him their blessings. “I also thank my friend Njoroge who lent me his motorbike to campaign,” he said.

The young leader said he honed his political skills by reading Taifa Leo.

He said he would focus on empowering the youth to earn a decent living.

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