|Member of the Kenyan Parliament|
28 March 2013
|Preceded by||Mwai Kibaki|
Mary Wambui is a Kenyan businesswoman and politician. She succeeded former president Mwai Kibaki as the member of parliament for Othaya. She is allegedly Kibaki's second wife. The Wambui family claim that Mwai married Mary in 1972 under Kikuyu customary law and have a daughter, Wangui Mwai.
In 2004 the media reported that Kibaki has a second spouse allegedly married under customary law, Mary Wambui, and a daughter, Wangui Mwai. After the news broke, the State House released an unsigned statement that Kibaki's only immediate family is his wife, Lucy and their four children. The Washington Post termed the entire scandal as a "new Kenyan soap opera". In 2009, Kibaki, accompanied by a furious Lucy Kibaki, held a press conference to re-state to the world that he only has one wife. Although officially denied status as a wife, Wambui is provided with all the trappings of a presidential spouse including armed bodyguards and limousines.
In an interview with The Standard written on April 5, 2007, Winnie said that she and Artur Margaryan, a suspected mercenary from Armenia, intended to marry in the future. Before she joined parliament, Mary Wambui was often described as a National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) activist and later as "The National Alliance (TNA) activist" when she switched loyalties.
At a recent interview with the media in Kenya, Wambui said that she had five children but was reluctant to disclose their names.
- Wax, Emily. "New Kenyan Soap Opera: The President's Two Wives." The Washington Post 30 Jan. 2004: A01. The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Web. 27 Oct. 2010. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A61727-2004Jan29?language=printer>.
- I'm no polygamist - Kibaki News24
- New Kenyan Soap Opera: The President's Two Wives Washington Post
- "Kibaki: I have only one wife". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
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