Saturday, January 10, 2004

Kenya: the president's two wives

President Kibaki has two wives ... with his first wife, Lucy Kibaki, serving as the "first lady" ....

About a month back, the NY Times even had this story that talked about how discreetly the Kibaki clan handles the whole two wives thing ...

Well, it's discreet no longer ...

Trouble began when at a New Year's celebration, a senior government minister referred to Lucy Kibaki as "second lady" ... insulted, she stomed off. And thus began the drama of the two wives ...

Here is a good rundown of the whole saga ... including mention of the statement released by State House saying that the President's immediate family is limited to Lucy Kibaki and her four children.

... and Kibaki's family coming to the defence of Mary Wambui, the second wife, confirming that she is indeed married to Kibaki and saying he should acknowledge her publically.

UPDATE: The "first couple" appear to have reconciled ... Lucy Kibaki accompanied her husband on a state visit to Zanzibar.