More than 2 years into former First Lady Lucy Kibaki’s death, her former nemesis, Mary Wambui has now declared former President Mwai Kibaki is her husband.
Moses Parantai and Former MP Mary Wambui
Wambui, who is former Othaya MP, made the declaration in Isinya, Kajiado County, during Moses Parantai’s thanksgiving ceremony on Monday on his appointment to sit on the Transport Licensing Appeals Board.
This is the first time the former Othaya MP has declared in public that Kibaki is her lawful wife and adding that they are now together.
Wambui was the chief guest during the ceremony, and was the last person to speak after other invited guests when she told the gathering she had brought along greetings from her husband (Kibaki).
Speaker, after speaker referred to her in the Isinya ceremony as ‘Her Excellency’ and when she stood up to talk she could not comment on the title but went ahead to explain how they started courtship with the former president.
“First, today I am bringing you his greetings. He told me he is going to Mweiga, and I told him I cannot accompany him because I have a job to do in Maasailand,” said Wambui.
Wambui went on: “He sent me to you with his greetings. Today we do not want to delve into many issues, but to thank God for having taken us this far”.
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The former MP said that in this world nobody decides their fate but God. “When I was a teacher, I never knew that I will visit here today” she added.
“When I left teaching those old days, I moved to KANU office in Othaya. But even before then, while I was a teacher, I found a man who saw a beautiful girl in me,” said Wambui.
She said the man (Kibaki) saw a girl walking around in his Othaya home ground and added; “This beauty will be my helper.”
Wambui observed that no man can survive alone without a woman on earth and that is the reason he is now closer to her husband more than before.
Present while Wambui made the remarks is former Nairobi Mayo, and now transport licensing appeals board chairman, Dick Waweru, Keek-Onyokie MCA Moses Kusero, many other Kajiado MCAs and guests from across the country.
The hostility between Lucy and Wambui was so serious that, in March 2009, President Kibaki had to call a press conference at State House to announce that he had one wife: Lucy.
The unprecedented move created shock-waves among the patriarchal generation the former president grew up with, which believed in polygamy.
Only a day after Kibaki denounced Wamboi before news cameras, she was spotted shopping in Nairobi City’s upmarket while being escorted by bodyguards, an indication she was a state dignitary.
Immediately Kibaki assumed power, Wambui was assigned bodyguards, chase cars and other trappings of a presidential spouse.
And she was not afraid to flaunt her power both in Nairobi and in Othaya. She attended harambees, dishing out millions of shillings, went to State events with ministers and acted as the de facto Othaya MP as the President concentrated on national matters.
Wambui on Tuesday in Kajiado confirmed she met with Kibaki in early seventies while she was still a teacher and later was given a position at Othaya’s Kanu office after her relation with Kibaki moved a notch higher.
Kibaki had just moved his power base from then Bahati Constituency in Nairobi to his rural home in Nyeri.
In 1978, when Kibaki was appointed Vice-President after President Moi took over from the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, it is said he hired Wamboi as manager of his Rware Farm in Naromoru.
From that point, her former colleagues said, fortune seemed to smile on Ms Wambui and she was never the same again.
Tales from Nyeri claim it is after becoming a manager at Rware Farm that people stopped calling her Wambui wa Kanu. She often introduced herself as Wambui wa Mwai during meetings.
After publicly declaring in Isinya that she is now with the former president, Kenyans now await Kibaki’s reaction on the matter.
She said President Uhuru Kenyatta has done a lot for the country in terms of development and uniting the people of Kenya.
The spirit of handshake between President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, she said, will propel the country to achieve its development goals.
She told the Maasai not to sell their ancestral land adding that she will deliver their message to former first lady, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, who the locals requested to construct a hospital for them in Keek-Onyokie Ward.