Kenyan politics can be so acrimonious that we sometimes forget that our peculiar politicians are also human.
Kenyan politicians who found love in 2019
3 Governors, 2 MPs among politicians who wed in 2019
Pulselive.co.ke tracked a number of occasions when love was in the air as various political leaders found love or renewed their love in celebratory occasions.
Definitely the political wedding of the year as Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru wed city lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo.
The colorful wedding was a big celebration of African culture which has often been perceived as inferior to the so called white European ceremony.
It was not only a demonstration that anyone can find love regardless of their stature or age, but also a show of Waiguru’s political power as senior political leaders led By President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga graced the occasion.
Among the political class, Waititu, for all his failures and controversies, is a unique reflection of the struggles ordinary people through.
Waititu grew up in abject poverty in the slums of Kibra, became a councilor and has risen to the level of a Governor.
Such is the story of a man who had not completed paying dowry for his wife – something he did in May 2019.
At the age of 55, Waititu wed his wife of thirty years, Susan in line with Kikuyu culture. The ceremony also allowed him the cultural right to marry off one of his daughters, Njeri, who had an equally colorful ceremony as he wed a city doctor at a function attended by political luminaries.
Like Waititu, the Nyandarua Governor had not completed paying dowry for his wife until November this year when he held a colorful Kikuyu wedding ceremony in his wife’s matrimonial home in Nyeri.
Anne and Francis Kimemia had been living as man and wife for years but had performed the traditional kikuyu ceremony known as ngurario which is only allowed after the man has completed paying dowry for his wife or lover.
The youthful Lang’ata MP married Beryl Zoraima in a beautiful wedding ceremony held two days after Valentine’s day.
The beautiful ceremony was held at the Karen Blixen Museum and was a rare moment for members of the political class to come together outside of politics.
Another youthful MP from Kiharu married his longtime girlfriend, Sophie, at a beautiful Kikuyu ceremony in May this year.
Nyoro had in the past been criticized in jest, by President Uhuru Kenyatta, for being a bachelor in his thirties.
President Kenyatta had urged Nyoro to start a family during the wedding ceremony of Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata in 2018.
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