Othaya Member of Parliament Mary Wambui has referred to deceased former first lady Lucy Kibaki as a longtime friend and mother.
Mary Wambui and other politicians from Nyeri county jointly sent their condolences to former president Mwai Kibaki and his family following the death of Lucy Kibaki on Tuesday, April 26.
“I lost my friend and you know how far we came with her, we are saying “pole” for our former President Kibaki, we have lost our mother and we will stand with the family during this hard time,” said Mary Wambui
Wambui, who succeeded Kibaki as the Othaya MP, has been in several occasions linked to the former president’s family.
The most recent occasion was in parliament when Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa referred her as Wambui Kibaki. She rose on a point of order and asked that the name ‘Kibaki’ be removed from the Hansard report of the day’s sitting. Wambui insisted that she had no connections with Kibaki, as has long been rumoured.
The rumours were so intense that in 2009, Mwai Kibaki had to call a press conference to declare that he had only one wife – Lucy Kibaki.
Wambui later reignited the talk after she referred to Kibaki as a close family member during the burial ceremony of her sister in November 2015.
President Uhuru Kenyatta broke the news of Lucy Kibaki death through a statement sent to media houses.
Lucy Kibaki had been flown to the United Kingdom for treatment after being ill in the country for about a month. She died while undergoing treatment at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London.
Kibaki and Lucy are said to have met in 1960 and got married after courting for two years. The couple has four children: Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai, Tony Githinji and Judy Wanjiku.
Lucy Kibaki was a teacher by profession and rose through the ranks to become a school principal. She once served as the patron of the Kenya Girl Guides Association.