Christmas has come early for a 21-year-old man who turned up at a polling station to cast his vote during the repeat October 26th election.
John Gichuhi Macharia from Thika came to the spotlight after he was seen practicing his democratic right by casting his vote using his leg through a photo that went viral on social media.
This act of patriotism was received in high esteem by the President Uhuru who sent government officials including Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and Murang’a County Commissioner John Elungata to meet him.
“John has shown remarkable resilience in serving his nation, a great example to our youth to serve their country.Youth agenda is key in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s leadership, he has committed to economic empowerment of the youth by expanding youth in national development and guarantee 30 per cent of all appointments, projects and budgets,” CS Macharia said.
John who has been living on handouts can now celebrate after President Uhuru rewarded him with sh.3 million Kenya Shillings to aid him in starting up his dream business in a beauty parlour.
John was born with multiples disabilities and lacking both upper limbs. James has a diploma in computer applications and uses his legs to perform all his tasks.