By Isaac Blessings
The Kenyan political space is no longer a men’s only arena. Gone are the days when a few women-à la Charity Ngilu- ran for top seats in the country and gave a good account of themselves while at it. That said, most Kenyans have always wondered the type of men these female politicians are married to.
Worry no more because in this article, WoK takes a look at the little known husbands of powerful women politicians in Kenya.
Andrew Peter Ngirici
Andrew Ngirici is the husband of the current women representative and aspiring governor for Kirinyaga county, Purity Ngirici. His grass to grace story has been inspirational to many in the country. He dropped out of Kirigo Primary School while in class four, began doing menial jobs and later became a donkey cart driver for his neighbor. His breakthrough came when he met the late James Kanyotu who was then a chief-spy and later served as National Intelligence Service (NIS) boss. Andrew became his personal assistant and he took advantage of his networks and the little money he was making to invest in the transport sector. He later joined the real estate, media, mining and large scale farming sectors where he made his billions. The billionaire is the owner of the famous Mt Kenya TV and Iganjo FM.
Billionaire Pius Ngugi is the husband to the current Women Representative of Nairobi County, Esther Passaris who is his second wife and they have two children together. The 78 year old is the owner of Kenya Nut Company – a company that produces macadamia nuts under the brand name ‘Out of Africa.’ The nuts, which are the most expensive nuts in the world, are exported to foreign markets especially in North America and Europe. The billionaire also owns Thika Coffee Mills, is a shareholder in the Tatu City project and has other interests in sweet manufacturing, dairy farming, winery and Amazon Motors.
Muranga County Women Representative Sabina Wanjiru Chege is the second wife to Gathitu Maina. They got married in a traditional Kikuyu wedding and the two have one child together although Sabina has two more children from her previous relationship. Gathitu is a renowned businessman, farmer and the former Chairman of the Kenya Dairy Board. The two were first seen in public in 2013 after Sabina walked with Maina as her hubby to pick her election certificate from the Murang’a Returning o0fficer after she won the Women reap seat while aged 34 years.
William Kigen/Peter Waweru
Laikipia Women Representative is the second wife to renowned lawyer and Advocate of the High Court, William Kigen. Waruguru came clean to reveal that she is married to Kigen during an interview with KTN where she insisted that she is legally married and that the constitution recognizes their union. She further stated that she has no apologies for being a second wife and was proud and better off that her husband was the man she wanted to be with. She also denied allegations of being a ‘Mpango wa kando’ and claimed that the constitution allows a man to be polygamous. This relationship seemingly died given that businessman Peter Waweru-who is the current Kirinyaga County Chamber of Commerce chairman-came out to state that he had married the Laikipia woman rep.
Kamotho Waiganjo is the husband to the current Governor representing Kirinyaga County, Anne Mumbi Waiguru. Kamotho is an established lawyer and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya running the Kamotho Waiganjo Law firm. Waiguru divorced Tony Waiguru and later met Waiganjo whereby the two got married in a colorful wedding held on July 13th 2019. The wedding was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta who was the Guest of Honor. Despite being married, the two live in separate homes – Waiguru in Kihigo village, Kitusuru while Kamotho in his Karen residence.
George Wanga is the husband to Women Representative and aspiring Governor of Homabay County, Gladys Wanga. The husband who is always away from the limelight was first introduced to the public eye in February 2022 during the unveiling of her gubernatorial campaigns in Homabay.
“The man standing next to me is called George Wanga, he is the man who went through all the troubles to come to our home in Kano, a place where sometimes we are being swept away by floods, and rescued me. I can’t leave him because of the great things he has done for me,” Gladys said as she introduced her husband during the rally.
Maguya Mabona is the husband of Suba North Member of Parliament, Millie Odhiambo. Mabona who is a Zimbabwean met Millie online and the two got married on February 14th 2006 in a colorful wedding held in a ferry on Lake Victoria. Mabona is passionate about the Hotel catering industry and currently works as an hotelier at Amak Images. During an interview with the Standard that was published in October 2010, Millie revealed that her husband is not intimidated by her success.
“He is not threatened by my ‘high flying’ life so to speak, but when he is around he wants some quality time,” the lawmaker explained.