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Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 16:38 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
The newly elected Member of Parliament for Kaiti Constituency of Makueni County, Joshua Kimilu, has said that many Kenyan citizens fail to vote due to lack of civic education. He said bad leaders were rising into political office because voters were not empowered to make informed political choices.
The MP said that government and other stakeholders should enlighten the citizens about the importance not only of voting but on the qualities of good leaders. He said that the Kamba community should learn from other communities the importance of unity and speak with one voice during the upcoming presidential re-election.
He added that Kamba community has been mocked for long as a result of its being divided during elections and now time had come to end such perception of division. Kimilu said that Kamba youth have emulated the importance of helping each other at universities and other tertiary level learning institutes and that the same solidarity should be applicable even after studies.
Speaking on one of the Kamba radio stations, Kimilu said that his heart of helping the needy drove him to politics where he intends to help more people. He revealed that he was paying school fees for 18 students even before he started being interested in politics. “I was helped by well-wishers to learn and that’s why I have no difficulties of helping others”, he said.
Kimilu described his journey to his current political office, recalling his difficult childhood. He said he ed to sell charcoal in the streets of Kawangware in Nairobi immediately he finished his secondary school education, 'hustling' like other young people raised in poor families.
During his hustle Kimilu said he was robbed several sacks of charcoal because he had no helper in his business but he was not demoralized. He learnt a lot and it prepared him to emerge as a strong businessman who owns various companies. Kimilu was elected for the first time through the Wiper party ticket under Nasa Coalition. He promised to bring development to the citizens of his Kaiti Constituency