Barely a week after Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa caused a stir in the House when he referred to Othaya MP as “Wambui Kibaki”; Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki is dead. Mama Lucy passed on today morning in the United Kingdom.
Among other things, Mama Lucy Kibaki will be remembered for her no-nonsense attitude. In 2005, she stormed nation Media Group offices along Kimathi Street and terrorized journalists for hours. She mercilessly slapped a cameraman and seized mobile phones and notebooks. This was after she was covered interrupting a farewell party for outgoing World Bank Kenya director, (her neighbor) saying the music was too loud.
During president Kibaki’s first term, Mama Lucy forced her husband and head of state to convene an impromptu press conference at State House and to undeniably declare his monogamous status after reports had emerged of a secret second wife ‘Wambui’.
Here is What the President told the Press:
I want to state something that I wanted you to hold dear and permanently in your hearts. You know and I know and everybody else knows that I am married and I have only one wife.
Everyone in Kenya knows it. But the media keeps repeating about my having another wife or wives. I want to make it very clear that I have only one dear wife Lucy, and I do not have any other.
And anybody who knows me and knows my family and knows how I live will know that I have only one wife. And they do not expect any diversion from the reality of life by people telling lies.
I decided to make it public and to appeal to you the public to listen to what I say but not to continue dispelling lies all over the place. It does not help anyone anywhere and it cannot be anywhere near the truth because the truth is known.