22 year-old University student causes ripples in Rarieda politics
21 December 2015, 12:01
Siaya - Rarieda Constituency in Siaya County is set to have a political twist come 2017 following the entry of the youngest aspirant, 22-year-old Alfred Chuchu who has shown interest in the Rarieda Parliamentary seat.
The University of Kabianga finalist has stirred the constituency’s politics in the recent past and his desire to lead the people of Rarieda is unstoppable according to his camp.
Chuchu, who was popularly elected as the University of Kabianga Students Union President in 2014 in Kericho County has caused ripples in the political divide after declaring his candidature in the parliamentary seat come 2017.
“I believe that a person should be judged by the content of his character, ability to deliver and not his age,” said Chuchu in an interview with News24.
He looks forward to the day that the famous quote by Martin Luther King that a person should be judged by the content of their character will be taken to heart in Kenya’s politics.
Chuchu, as young as he is, is so far the only person who has publicly declared intention to contest for the hot seat initially held by Raphael Tuju and now the chair of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Nicholas Gumbo.
Although critics have dismissed the 22-year-old as a political greenhorn, he believes he has what it takes to radically change the face of Rarieda politics and instill fresh hope through innovative leadership.
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“People of Rarieda and the Nyanza region have for a long time and are still suffering and I intend to radically change the face of Rarieda politics and bring hope to the constituents,” he said.
He added that though he cannot take the seat from anyone, the people of Rarieda will do so and give him the baton.
“I will bring the politics of hope where the youth, people with disabilities and women will restore their long lost dignity in the society and I’m prepared to follow my dream no matter the challenges that come my way,” Chuchu said.
Having sprouted from university student leadership, political pundits have compared the upcoming politician to Siaya Senator James Orengo who was instrumental in the formation of the Students Organization of Nairobi University (SONU).
Chuchu refuses to be called a politician but thinks he was born a servant leader.
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“I am not a politician in essence but a leader. Politics doesn’t drive me; I am driven by true leadership. I’m only using politics to get into leadership because it is the pre-defined vehicle,” Chuchu revealed.
“I intend to do what is good and right, not what we are seeing from our current leaders,” he says.
Chuchu describes the political approach of dishing out handouts to voters during campaigns as an outdated tactic and contrary to what some politicians believe, saying it is no longer a deep pockets issue.
“So, let them be prepared for surprises. This time round, people should sa, enough is enough! It is about issues now,” quips Chuchu.
Chuchu, who was elected in campus politics while in second year said it was not an easy race for the position that he held for close to two years.
“I must admit that the race was hot, complicated by tribal inclinations and made turbulent by heavily-funded goons. However, I had a dynamic strategy team and a stellar track record, which gave me an edge, much to the surprise my critics,” he explains.
As the 2017 General Election draws nearer day by day, the hope of the 22-year-old in the world of politics in the region that enjoys support by the dynasty of the Odingas will live to witness the youngest Member of Parliament in the history of democratic politics.
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