Waiguru celebrating

‘You can call me minji minji’ Waiguru says after name controversy

Anne Waiguru got married last month to the prominent lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo. The Kirinyaga governor did n’t even miss a step and went back to work with many wondering when and where she would be having a honeymoon.

The Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru, on Tuesday, addressed the confusion surrounding her surname, following her marriage to city lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo.

Waiguru with Kamotho
Waiguru with Kamotho

She did this after the Supreme Court decision yesterday where her 2017 gubernatorial win over contestant Narc Kenya leader, Martha Karua was upheld. She told journalists;

You can call me Mumbi, Anne Mumbi, Anne Mumbi Kamotho, minji minji is also fine, it is just a name.

For those who don’t know, minji minji refers to a light-skin woman in Kenyan -parlance.

Waiguru celebrating
The governor celebrating the court’s decision

She, however, stated that she would issue an official statement on her formal name. The governor was previously married to Tony Waiguru and had continued using his surname even after they got divorced.

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According to the Kikuyu traditions, the former Devolution CS is expected to change her name to the husband’s name (Kamotho).

Waiguru in her office
Waiguru in her office with her husband seating on the left

The issue of naming is a divisive one in Kenyan politics. The late Bomet governor Joyce Laboso revealed in the past that she had to change her last name when she entered politics.

She said that she had to change her name back to Laboso after her opponents used her Luo name to smear her campaign.

Joyce Laboso in a file photo
Joyce Laboso in a file photo

Joyce explained that as she was a Kalenjin by birth and that she was vying in predominantly Kalenjin community, she had to change her last name from that of her Luo husband, Edwin Abonyo.

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