Naming my son after Kenyatta has brought misery - Woman claims

Her decision to name her son after Kenya’s fourth president has had dire consequences

She proudly refers to herself as ‘Mama Uhuru’ and everyone in her village knows her.

On October 15, 2017 during a campaign rally at Karatina Stadium, Wangechi was able to catch a glimpse of President Uhuru for the first time.

Speechless

Having her son named after the president earned her a mention and even a handshake from the president, a day she cherishes to date.

“The MC at the rally called out my son’s name and introduced me to the president. I shook his hand and he told me that he was very busy with campaigns but after the elections we would talk. I was speechless.”

However, Mama Uhuru now says her decision to name her son after Kenya’s fourth president has had dire consequences: her husband left her and family relationships became frosty.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I told my partner who threw me out because he had another family and was not willing to take in more responsibility,” Wangechi told The Nairobian, adding that, “I prayed to God to give me a little boy and when he was born, I knew instantly he was going to be a great man in future and I made the decision.”

Final straw

Her family insisted that she name the son after her brother or one the relatives or move out and live with her son’s kin.

Her mother, Margaret Wangui, admits kicking her daughter and grandson out.

“She left me to raise her two sons. The older one is 20 while the younger one is 17 years. That was over 10 years ago. I had to struggle to make ends meet to keep my grandchildren in school,” Wangui told The Nairobian, adding that her daughter’s return with a son named after the president was the final straw.

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