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  • A number of Kenyan politicians went far and wide to find partners

A number of Kenyan politicians went far and wide to find partners. In this article, we outline five prominent Kenyan politicians who married foreigners: 

1. Millie Odhiambo

The Suba North legislator is married to a Zimbabwean husband named Magugu Mabona.

The two met online and wedded in February 2006 at a ferry in Lake Victoria. Mabona works in the hotel and catering industry.

Explaining some of the things she liked about Mabona, Millie noted that he came carrying a bible on one of their first date, adding that his looks also wowed her.

"Sometimes you win strong people's hearts with the simplest of things. When I saw him, he was carrying a Bible. That, for me, is greater than anything...He was good looking too and it is rare to see a good looking man carrying a Bible,” she narrated.

2. Simba Arati

The Kisii governor is married to a Chinese wife. Her name has not been revealed to the public, however, she is popularly known as Kwamboka.

It is reported that Arati met the wife while studying Guangzhou University in Guangdong province, China.

Arati's decision to marry from abroad was criticised by a section of the Abagusii community, but he defended the move arguing that the choice of a wife does not affect his ability to be an effective leader.

File image of Simba Arati and his wife. [Photo: Courtesy]

Arati's wife speaks fluent Kisii and played a huge role in the husband's successful Kisii gubernatorial bid.

The Kisii first family is blessed with four kids.

Joyce Lay

The former Taita Taveta Woman Rep married Bill Lay in 2007. The two stayed together until 2015 when they divorced citing unreconcilable differences.

They, however, reconciled and remarried in 2019 after going on a vacation together.

Towards the end of 2022, Bill suffered a heart attack and had to undergo three heart surgeries. He is currently recovering with Joyce updating their followers on his status.

File image of Joyce Lay and her husband. [Photo: Courtesy]

Ken Okoth

The late Kibra Member of Parliament was husband to Monica Lavender Okoth. The late Okoth met Monica while studying at a university in Austria.

“I met Ken Okoth at the university and he was the only African student in our Austrian university and he became our student leader,” Monica narrated.

Monica was widely known in the country after her husband became ill and traveled abroad for treatment. She would be seen in photos shared by leaders and other persons who visited Okoth in the hospital.

File image of the late Ken Okoth and his wife. [Photo: Courtesy]

Gladys Boss

She married Dr Neil Horn in December 2020 in a ceremony held in Eldoret town.

The wedding was a low-key event as the country was still operating under strict Covid-19 guidelines.

The wedding came a year after she divorced her former husband Sam Shollei.

File image of Gladys Boss and her husband. [Photo: Courtesy]