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Amram Musungu walked dozens of miles every day to attend school in Hamuyundi, Kenya. He slept on banana leaves on the floor of his village hut. And he didn’t own a pair of shoes until he was 15 years old.

But that didn’t stop him from changing his future.

“I wanted to be different. I wanted to help,” Musungu, who lives in South Salt Lake, told the Deseret News.

Now, with dual-citizenship in Utah, the 39-year-old Mormon auditor is running for president of his native homeland.

It’s something he’s always believed he would do, and in a roundabout way, he’s spent his entire life preparing for it.

“I will be the best president the country has ever had,” he said with confident eyes.

Rising out of poverty and circumstance himself, Musungu said he hopes to inspire Kenyans to work hard to get control of their country.

Amram Musungu helps son Wesley, 4, into his jacket before taking him out to ride his bike around their house in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

“I’m in this race to win,” he said, adding that it might be easier to stay in Utah, work his job and spend time with his family. “But I want the best for Kenya, and every Kenyan should be proud of their country.”

Musungu’s own pride for Kenya was fostered from a very young age.

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