I have one wife, Kibaki says

March 3, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – President Mwai Kibaki on Tuesday afternoon called a press conference at State House Nairobi to announce that he only has one wife.

The hurriedly convened press briefing was attended by an emotional First Lady Lucy Kibaki, who said she would go to court to sue anyone purporting that the President has another wife.

“Telling lies! The President may not go to court, but me and my family will go to court. From here you go write lies, I will be with you, I don’t know what you get from it,” she said.

Mrs Kibaki relayed that she has been tormented by the media reports which have alleged that the President has another wife.

The President said: “I want to make it very clear that I have only one dear wife Lucy and I do not have any other. The truth is known, I have only my four children.”

He threatened to go to court: “Anyone who is bent on that course will see me in court or wherever he will see me. And we shall deal with him, no other way whatsoever; there is no genuine purpose for people wanting to spread lies about myself.”

 President Kibaki urged members of the public and the media not to listen to lies from malicious people about the first family.

Immediately after passing this message, in a unique move he allowed the media to ask questions.

Most journalists were reluctant to ask questions and more especially after the First Lady demanded of the only journalist who made a query that he reveal the media house he works for.

Both the President and the First Lady kept on asking the media to raise any questions they had: “If you have any question ask, ask now or never,” stated the First Lady.

She said she almost went to one of the television stations on Monday to confront them over the lies.

Earlier, the First Family, in a written statement, had demanded a public apology and renunciation over comments made by former Kabete Member of Parliament Paul Muite on Monday.

"We refer to statements attributed to former MP Paul Muite in which he made untruthful remarks about the first family which were aired by sections of the media (on Monday)" the statement said

The First Lady said she would sue him over his statement.


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