It was adios to bachelorhood for Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng’eno who yesterday said ‘I do’ to his learned sweetheart Nayianoi Ntutu.
The 45-year-old KANU MP who is serving a second term in parliament finally bowed to pressure that almost cost him his political career and crossed the bridge to the married club in a ceremony that was attended by the political top cream.
The event was held at the Emurua Dikirr Secondary School just a short distance from his home.
ODM leader Raila Odinga, Deputy President William Ruto arrived at the function aboard helicopters while residents thronged the venue to witness what could be dubbed as the wedding of the year.
Political differences were pushed to the back burner with laughter taking over as leaders, friends and family members of the outspoken MP took pot shots at him over the long period he took before finally settling down.
The ceremony was a mix-up of Maasai and Kipsigis cultures, symbolic of Ngeno’s political leadership as a Kipsigis MP representing a constituency in Maasai land.
Mrs Mary Temas, the MP’s mother was perhaps the happiest as she officially received the bride from her parents led by Mr and Mrs Livingstone Ntutu at 1.20pm shortly before the couple exchanged marital vows.
“I had pushed my son to marry over the years but I did not know that the love of his life was out there pursuing education. I am the happiest person today. Welcome to the family my daughter,” Mrs Temas said.
There was an awkward moment when the presiding bishop asked the MP to kiss his wife after exchange of wedding rings and signing their marriage certificate with Mr Ngeno laughing out aloud, sending the crowd into a prolonged laughter.
The bespectacled MP hesitated, looked at the crowd, dignitaries at the dais and family members before stroking the bride and kissing her amidst applause.
There was a light moment when Mr Sudi, who was the best man adjusted the bride’s dress trail, a responsibility reserved for the maid of honour, as the couple signed the marriage certificate.
“People from far and wide have come to witness that after several years of waiting, you have proved yourself a gentleman by getting married. Congratulations my friend,” Ruto said capturing the mood at the function.
He added: “The Jubilee administration rolled out a program to foot maternity bills…sasa wewe tia bidii (now work hard).”
Mr Ruto added: “People have voted for you in large numbers. It is now your turn to ensure that in future, the voters will include your own children.”
The leader of majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale said Mr Ngeno had been a senior bachelor in Parliament and that he was difficult to deal with him.
“At least we now know who to call when you give us a rough time in Parliament. Men are tough out there, most are cowards before their wives,” Mr Duale said.
Kipchumba Murkomen, the Senate Majority leader, said insults previously directed at his colleague on his marital status would now come to an end.
“As a relative I have pushed him for a long time to marry, but now I am happy he has crossed the bridge. God’s time is the best time. It was worth waiting for more than 30 years for this beautiful lady you have finally married,” said former Bomet governor Isaac Ruto.
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