Mary Wambui on marriage, Hillary Clinton and life
Published on October 25, 2007, 12:00 am
Othaya political activist Mary Wambui spoke to Election Platform writer Lucianne Limo about her passion for philanthropy and her marital status.
EP: Are you married?
MW: Yes! And please don’t ask me to whom. Just understand I am somebody’s wife.
EP: Are you married to President Mwai Kibaki?
MW: I am not saying anything. Those who know whether I am a wife [to the President] or not are my parents and the President’s parents. Unfortunately they are all dead. Let the people judge for themselves.
EP: Then what kind of relationship do you have with the President?
MW: I like him and he is my MP from Othaya, where I come from.
EP: You have been involved in charity work all over the country. Where do you get so much money?
MW: I am a farmer and I like to share the little I get from my farm. Sometimes I am lucky to get a few donations from other well-wishers.
EP: Tell us about your professional background?
MW: I am a teacher by profession. I taught at Mukima Primary School in Laikipia District and Cheetah Primary School in Timau in the early 1970s.
EP: What do you think of your daughter marrying one of the controversial Armenian brothers, Artur Margaryan? Is the marriage still on?
MW: As a parent and within the confines of my culture, am not supposed to poke my nose into the personal affairs of my children. If my child wants to get married, it is her prerogative to approach me and tell me that she is intending to get married and to who. I cannot be checking whom my daughter is dating. And she has never told me that she is getting married.
EP: Are you okay being referred to as “Othaya Narc activist”? Or is it now “PNU activist”? Why?
MW: I don’t know why am called whatever activist. I have never considered myself as one. After leaving the teaching profession I set camp at the Kanu office in Nyeri and that is how I started getting a few names. They started referring to me as Wambui wa Kanu.
EP: What drives you into such massive charity work?
MW: I just am a passionate philanthropist. Am happy sharing what I have with the poor in the society.
EP: Is it true you have political ambitions?
MW: I have never harboured any political ambition neither am I a politician nor plan to be one.
EP: Your public appearances have diminished in recent months. Why?
MW: I decided to take some rest for a few weeks to regain strength to campaign for the Government more vigorously.
EP: Have you contemplated President Kibaki losing in the coming polls?
MW: Never! He is not going to loose. I have faith and a lot of confidence that he will win the elections in a landslide majority because of his development record. He introduced CDF. No. Kenyans will definitely vote for Kibaki.
EP: Who are your role models?
MW: President Kibaki and Mrs Hillary Clinton.
The President, because he is a humble man and does not condone corruption. Hillary is a great woman because she forgave her husband even when he was culpable for unfaithfulness.
EP: What are your happiest moments?
MW: When I read the Bible or when am alone with God in prayer.
EP: What of your saddest moment?
MW: When I see people suffer for whatever reason.
EP: What is your favourite food and drink?
MW: I love traditional foods like mukimo and tea.
EP: How do you unwind after a hard day’s work?
MW:I swim in my pool at home.
EP: Where do you live?
MW: Lavington Green Estate in Nairobi.
EP: What is you typical day like?
MW: I wake up early and exercise until 9 O’clock, take my breakfast then off to the office in Lavington Shopping Centre to attend to people. Other times I go to my farm in–.
EP: How many children and grandchildren do you have?
MW: I have five children whose names am not willing to share with you — and six grandchildren.
EP: Do you have a motto?
MW: In order to live a good and fulfilling life, do not be jealous or proud.