Lucy Muthoni Kibaki
(Born 1940) is the wife of Kenyan
President Mwai Kibaki
, making her the First Lady
She is a controversial figure in Kenya, due to her independent persona and her temper.
She was born in Mukurwe-ini
to the Rev. John Kagai and Rose Nyachomba, in the Mount Kenya
. She was trained as a teacher, and rose up to the post of principal in a teacher-training college in Kiambu
. She met Mwai Kibaki in 1960. After a two-year romance, the couple married in 1962. They have four children: Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai, and Tony Githinji. Mrs. Kibaki is a patron of the Kenya Girl Guides Association
In 2005 she received international media attention when she stormed into World Bank
country director Makhtar Diop's house, demanding that he turn his music down during a private party. The following evening, she walked into a police station and demanded that Diop and his guests be arrested for disturbing the peace. Two days later, she stormed into the offices of the Nation Media Group (publishers of The Daily Nation
, a Kenyan newspaper) with six bodyguards, and demanded that the reporter who had written about her confrontation with Diop be arrested, slapped a cameraman who was filming her, and refused to leave until the following day.
In May 2006, she created more controversy by... Read More