Wedding bells are ringing: Governor Waiguru to wed city lawyer in July

Lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo and Governor Waiguru during their ruracio in February (Courtesy)

All roads will head to Kiamugumo Primary School, Kirinyaga on July 13th when Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru will wed the love of her life, city lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo.

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Unlike their secret dowry ceremony in February, this traditional wedding is anticipated to attract a number of guests including political bigwigs as Waiguru’s partner accompanies his parents to her home.

Known as ngurario in Kikuyu, the ceremony will entail relatives from both sides meeting as the final part of formalizing their marriage under the Gikuyu rites.

The ceremony will begin with slaughtering of a goat by the groom assisted by his friends and relatives. The knife to be used is given by the bride’s mother and she has to be enticed with a gift to provide the knife. After the slaughtering, the meat is roasted.

Like the Gikuyu customary, the city lawyer will be expected to recognize his partner from a group of women clad in the same outfit.

After concluding the series of traditions, the lovebirds will be awarded a wedding certificate.

Paid dowry

Kamotho Waiganjo paid the bride price for Anne Waiguru in Kiamungo village in Kirinyaga on February 16th in a ceremony where “she was dressed in African regalia as she shyly walked to her soon-to-be husband, with her gaze fixed on the ground,” reported Saturday Standard.

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Like their upcoming wedding, Kamotho had gone through the Kikuyu custom- ruracio- of paying for the locked gate to be opened, and identified her among women who had covered themselves to gauge his familiarity with his love.

Kamotho, like any other man knew a good thing when he saw it. When he set eyes on Anne, he decided to pursue her. After several phone conversations, she accepted his requests for a date. He took her to a Thai restaurant in Nairobi, and it is there that they had their first fight – old habits die hard. Waiguru had gone to the date but was constantly working.

“She was on phone the whole time. I had to ask her why she was not paying attention to our date,” said Kamotho.

Waiguru said that at the time, she had not mastered the delicate balance of separating work from her private life and would spend hours answering work-related calls. “We agreed that when we are together and with family, phones would be kept aside unless it was absolutely necessary,” she said.

The wedding invitation card (Courtesy)


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