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John Njuguna Wanjiku: Ex-‘Matumbo’ Seller The Brand New Kiambaa MP

by Robert Mwangi
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Little-known John Njuguna Wanjiku was first introduced to Kenyans on 21st May when the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominated him as its flag bearer for the Kiambaa parliamentary by-election.

The soft-spoken 35-year-old promised to deliver the seat, and sure he did.

But given that he was not as popular as his main competitor in the by-election Kariri Njama of Jubilee Party, the UDA team had to work harder to prop him up.

During the campaigns, Wanjiku would describe himself as a “hustler”, who has worked his way up despite the many challenges he faced while growing.

He won the mini-poll after garnering 21,773 votes. Njama got 21,263 votes.

But Who is This Man Who Humiliated the Ruling Party?

Wanjiku is the last born in his family.

Speaking during an interview with Inooro TV, the Kiambaa MP-elect revealed that he and his siblings were raised by a single mother.

He added that his mother did menial jobs to feed and educate her children.

His mother died in 2010.

Before joining politics, Wanjiku did several odd jobs.

A report by whoownskenya.com indicates that he once sold matumbo (innards) to make ends meet.

He was a struggling car dealer before his election as the Kiambaa MP last Thursday.

The youthful politician, however, has not been without controversy.

In February, he alleged that he had been kidnapped by people who identified themselves as police officers.

He claimed that the abductors warned him against supporting Deputy President William Ruto before undressing and torturing him.

The kidnappers reportedly dumped him in a forest in Uasin Gishu County

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