Ex-MCA urges politicians to grab Gatundu North MP seat

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Elijah Njoroge floored the veterans, including incumbent Wanjiku Kibe (Jubilee) and her predecessor Francis Kigo. [File, Standard]

The victory of incumbent Biashara Ward MCA Elijah Njoroge in the Gatundu North parliamentary contest took many by surprise.

Njoroge, popularly known as Kururia, is an independent ground veteran, including incumbent Wanjiku Kibe (Jubilee) and predecessor Francis Kigo who had hoped to ride the UDA wave.

He got 30,799 votes with Kibe in second place with 12,282 votes, closely followed by Kigo with 11,716 votes.

It was such an achievement for the flamboyant 35-year-old politician and former Kiambu County Chief Whip to shift his political base from Ruiru to Gatundu North and get elected on his first attempt.

The MP-elect ran a well-oiled campaign on land and in the air that saw him reach remote areas of the vast constituency to convince voters to back his first bid for the seat of MP.

He took the campaigns to another level as he landed in a helicopter drawing huge crowds to sleepy villages in the separate Greater Gatundu constituency.

While serving as Biashara Ward MCA in Ruiru Constituency, Njoroge is known for his fight against corruption which saw former Governor Fedinard Waititu ousted from office over integrity concerns.

As Majority Whip in the Kiambu County Assembly, Njoroge was in 2021 celebrated by Mizani Africa as the most successful MCA in the Mount Kenya region following the ousting of Waititu and for his valiant fight for the adoption of the BBI initiative which, according to him, could have benefited the inhabitants of Kiambu.

Njoroge said The standard in an interview he plans to defend for the expansion of roads in Gatundu Nord he accused his predecessors of turning a deaf ear when they were MPs in the region.

“The roads in this region with its agricultural potential have been ignored for too long. Tea, coffee and milk producers suffered huge losses during the rainy season. I will prioritize the expansion of roads and the equitable distribution of all resources allocated to Gatundu North,” Njoroge said.

“That is why the voters of Gatundu gave me this chance as I understood their grievances which I plan to bring to the parliament by proposing various motions on issues particularly affecting women and youth.”

The outgoing MCA said that as much as he ran the affairs of Biashara district in Ruiru, he never forgot his home constituency.

“I had initially considered running as MP for Ruiru, but after seeing the challenges my people in Gatundu North faced, I decided to move my political base to my birthplace.”

Njoroge is known for taking a tough stance on integrity issues and that saw him resign as Majority Whip on November 22, 2018 following the introduction of a finance bill in the assembly. which, in his opinion, did not favor the poor of Kiambu.

In 2020, he surprised a church congregation in Kiambu after gifting a pastor with a new car after the pastor contributed all he had, including bus fare, towards building the completion of the church.

Njoroge, who was the chief guest, ordered the car to be brought to the church within 30 minutes and fully funded the completion of the church.

In 2017, Njoroge got tongues wagging after arriving at her traditional wedding in a helicopter.

He also didn’t shy away from showing off his immense wealth in the public eye.

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