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NGENO NG'ENO [PHOTO | COURTESY]

MP’s wedding plans break ice during National Assembly proceedings

Emurua Dikir Member of Parliament Johana Ng’eno will be tying the knot with the love of his life, Naiya Ntutu, on Saturday, August 18 and his colleagues in the National Assembly are happy for him.

The National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi said he was happy that Mr Ng’eno has finally decided to quit the bachelor’s club.

“I spoke to him, and he assured me this time it [marriage mission] is for real,” said Mr Cheboi, breaking ice during a heated debate in Parliament Wednesday afternoon.

The Deputy Speaker went ahead to reveal that it was “important” to note that one of them [Mr Ng’eno] will be exchanging vows with his fiancée on Saturday, August 18.

The MPs were heard expressing their excitement at the announcement.

The Wednesday motion was about a report brought to the House on “Improvement of Services and Facilities Members”.

Mr Ng’eno on June 1, 2018 asked for Naiya Ntutu’s hand in marriage after leading a power team for dowry negotiation at Livingstone ole Ntutu’s homestead in Narok County.

Mr Ng’eno’s team, which arrived in two helicopters and high-end vehicles, comprised Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), Sabina Chege (Murang’a), Wilson Sossion (Nominated) and the Deputy President William Ruto’s right-hand man, Faruk Kibet, among others.

The group was welcomed to Mr Ntutu’s homestead by the family spokesperson, former Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu.

Unlike the norm in Kalenjin Koitos, Mr Ng’eno’s team was welcomed to bull ribs, before the dowry negotiations began.

Ex-Narok Senator, Stephen ole Ntutu, however, disclosed that Maasai tradition “doesn’t allow for a price to be placed on a woman, who is about to get married”.

He, nonetheless, said since the lawmaker had not “passed through the front door” to meet his flame, Naiya, the Maasai culture demanded he pays a cow as a fine.

Mr Ng’eno’s spokesman, CS Keter, said they were ready to meet the cultural obligation, but urged the family to declare the dowry price.

Stephen ole Ntutu,nonetheless, maintained that they were not going to break cultural practice by putting a price tag on their daughter.

Mr Ng’eno’s team, through an elder, gave out an undisclosed bundle of cash and other gifts as token of appreciation to the Ntutu family.

Naiya Ntutu is a Nairobi-based lawyer.

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