Virginia Wambui Otieno was a female Kenyan politician who in July 2003 briefly rose to prominence due to her controversial fight to bury her first husband in one of the most protracted legal cases in Kenya and later, her marriage to stonemason Peter Mbugua. The marriage was controversial since Wambui Otieno was 67 whilst Peter Mbugua was 25. This marriage caused much debate amongst the Kenyan population.
Mau Mau freedom fighter
She published an autobiography titled "Mau Mau Daughter: A Life History".
She had had 3 children while working as a Mau Mau freedom fighter. She was arrested for her involvement in mobilizing in the women's wing of the Mau Mau's riots. Towards the end of the State of Emergency, the British colonial state arrested her and sent her to a detention camp on the coast.
In the years following Mau Mau, Wambui met and married S.M. Otieno, a prominent Luo lawyer. Together they produced one of the most successful law firms in post-colonial Kenya. Her daughter is Gladwell Otieno, former director of TI Kenya (Transparency International) and director of "AFRICOG" African Center of open Governance.
Wambui Otieno was one of the first women to run for elected office.
In 1994 she was the subject of a legal case that established modern legal rights of wives in polygamous marriages vs. tribal law.
At the 1997 elections she unsuccessfully vied for the Kamukunji Constituency parliamentary seat on NDP ticket. In 2007, she founded a new political party, Kenya People's Convention Party. At the 2007 elections, she ran for the Kajiado North Constituency parliamentary seat, but received only a minor share of votes.
Her 2003 marriage to Peter Mbugua was subject of a national controversy. Many of their relatives condemned the marriage. There have been allegations that the death of Mbugua's mother's, which happened only days after the marriage, was caused by a shock she got upon learning of the marriage.
As of 2008, they were living together with her stonemason husband in Karen, Nairobi. In February 2011 they held a second wedding ceremony, now at St Andrew’s Church in Nairobi, while the first wedding had been a civil ceremony.
Wambui had suffered heart failure previously and was relying on a pacemaker, an electronic gadget implanted to function as the heart does Wambui Otieno died on August 30, 2011 in a Nairobi Hospital.
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