The controversial thing that Mama Ngina did yesterday at Matiba's home

The visit would have passed on innocently except that there was historic and controversial aspect about the visit.

Mama Ngina had worn a sharp trouser suit - the first time that she has done so in public.

To understand why the former First Lady's dress choice is significant, we must go back to a story told by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's Secretary.

Ndegwa adds that Mzee had never seen his wife wearing a trouser and reacted with disapproval.

"On the occasion of Kenyatta’s inauguration and the Kenya Air Force ceremonial function organised for it, Mama Ngina was supposed to accompany him as usual. She emerged from the house dressed in long pants and a sleeveless tunic. Mzee [Jomo Kenyatta] had never seen his wife dressed in trousers, or otherwise so loudly deviating from her norms of dress," Ndegwa narrated.

The former Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet adds that Mama Ngina had to change her trousers and continued to wear dresses as per Kenyatta's order.

Over the years, Mama Ngina has come to associated with her sharp fashion style - African dresses combined with a regal head gear.

The choice of a dress suit is perhaps another remainder of how far the country has come in embracing the modern concept of feminism.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Itumbi exposed for claiming Nigeria crusade photo was from Ruto's rally [Screenshots]

Itumbi exposed for claiming Nigeria crusade photo was from Ruto's rally [Screenshots]

Rare show as Makueni governor undergoes surgery at a public hospital

Rare show as Makueni governor undergoes surgery at a public hospital

Al Shabaab claim responsibility for Sunday morning suicide bomber attack

Al Shabaab claim responsibility for Sunday morning suicide bomber attack

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o speaks on Charles Njonjo, AG who sent the author to Kamiti

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o speaks on Charles Njonjo, AG who sent the author to Kamiti

5 Kenya Power bosses grilled by DCI on national blackout

5 Kenya Power bosses grilled by DCI on national blackout

Panic in Wiper party meeting as snake makes its way through crowd

Panic in Wiper party meeting as snake makes its way through crowd

Dog dies as American woman travels to Kenya

Dog dies as American woman travels to Kenya

Authorities on edge as Kenya marks 3rd Dusit D2 anniversary

Authorities on edge as Kenya marks 3rd Dusit D2 anniversary

Popular presenter Njogu wa Njoroge enters politics

Popular presenter Njogu wa Njoroge enters politics