President Uhuru Kenyatta was part of the invited guests who witnessed Anne Waiguru wed her husband Kamotho Waiganjo in a colorful Kikuyu wedding ceremony – ngurario – on Saturday.
The dress code was traditional Kikuyu wedding colors brown and white.
Uhuru congratulated the newly married couple and his message read,
we thank God because it is a good day. We are here to keenly look at this. I have never gone for a Ngurario of old people. I was wondering where I would sit. I am happy that we are embracing our culture. Some of our lives are going wrong because we have left our traditions. We have embraced the wazungu culture and that is why our society is collapsing. People no longer respect each other. You think you are better than the rest. Some of you speak English but they don’t know where that language originated from. It is our responsibility to embrace our cultures.
Gambling, we want to get that money so that our children can use it in sports and culture. Gambling is not for children, and also, some money should be given to the government. Tax.
Kamotho I can guarantee you you have married a hardworking woman because I have worked with her. She has done a tremendous job in the country. Use that energy now to make sure Kamotho is smiling. You are getting married to a fantastic man. A man who cares for his country and to his people. With Gods grace you will live a long life. Kirinyaga people I have your debt but, I will build the road from Kianyaga to kibugu. We have a new contractor and in a few months, the road will be fine.
The climax of the ceremony was the cutting of the kiande.
Cutting of the kiande also known as the “cutting of the shoulder”. It is the central point in the entire ceremony. It is the right ‘arm’ of a roast goat which the groom cuts while the bride holds. When the groom is done, the bride continues holding on to the piece on her hand and the man cuts a piece and feeds her then feeds himself. It is the seal of the marriage.
Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, CS Amina Mohammed, Sabina Chege, Rachel Shebesh, Dennis Itumbi also attended the wedding.
Raila had a chance to speak at the wedding and his message was,
We have come here to celebrate a traditional wedding. I know Ngurario because my sons have married Kikuyu. They have embraced the culture. The white have tried to wash away our culture but Kamotho and Mumbi have shown that they still embrace the culture. It is very important to unite these people, Mumbi now have a walking mate and not a running mate. Most of you say behind every successful man there is a woman. but What is a woman doing behind a man, what is a woman doing behind a man? They should walk one on one. They both understand life very well and so they will be happy. I know they will have a good life because they are mature enough to understand life. I urge all Kenyans to follow their example. Unity in diversity. Every county should have a cultural centre and that will unite us all as Kenyans so that others can come and borrow from the other. I will bring ten goats for the couple from Bondo.