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John Kiarie, comedian-turned-MP, bags international position

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By Judith Gicobi

John Kiarie, Kenyan lawmaker, just accepted an international position. The MP for Dagoretti South was chosen as the Committee on International Humanitarian Law’s new president.

“Thank you so much, guys”  Kiarie, also known as KJ, said as he was rejoicing over this new victory. “Gaining the job for Kenya was a great honor and privilege!”

178 parliamentary bodies from across the world are represented by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), an international organization. Like the “Parliament of Parliaments,” it is similar.

Agnes Vadai, the interim president of the committee from Hungary, is replaced by Mr. Karie for an initial one-year term that is renewable once.

The representatives of this significant IPU committee at the moment are Ms. J. Salman, Bahrain Arab Group, Mr. A. Al-Salihi, Iraq, Ms. D. O’Neill, Australia, Mr. S. Patra, Republic of Moldova, Ms. E. Sinchevici, Russian Federation, Ms. C. Bauelos, Mexico, and Mr. C. Lacroix, Belgium.

Kiarie began his career as a comic on the then-famous satirical program Redykyulass, mimicking former politicians JJ Kamotho and Uhuru Kenyatta. Kiairie also contributed to the Daily Nation as a columnist before joining politics.

Since 2017 till the present, Kiarie has been a member of the departmental committees on communication, information, and innovation as well as the committee on justice and legal affairs.

He is President William Ruto’s allie and a second-term MP. In the elections on August 9, 2022, KJ won on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.

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