Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko referred to former First Lady and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mum, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, as the First Lady during Jamhuri Day celebrations held at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, December 12, and Kenyans on social media sought a convincing explanation from Mr Sonko as to why the county chief did not – rightly – refer to Margaret Kenyatta using the title.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was among those present at the function. Mama Ngina Kenyatta did not attend the ceremony.
Addressing the Kasarani gathering before inviting Deputy President William Ruto, Mr Sonko began his written speech with the words: “Your Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta; your Excellency the First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta; your Excellency the Deputy President William Ruto….”
The Nairobi County boss on Tuesday shared a copy of his written speech with his 1.25 million Facebook followers, who were quick to point out his mistake.
A Facebook user, Rawlings Shikuku Stevens, wrote on Mr Sonko’s Facebook timeline: “The editor of Sonko’s speech should give way to serious candidates. The current First Lady at State House is Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta.”
Mr Sonko’s explanation as to why he referred to Mama Ngina Kenyatta as the First Lady – and not Margaret Kenyatta – confused his online followers even more, with many arguing his supposed-to-be elucidation “made no sense”.
“The former First Lady Her Excellency Mama Ngina Kenyatta was not present at Kasarani, but Her Excellency the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has a daughter named Ngina Kenyatta so she can as well be referred to as Mama Ngina Kenyatta,” explained Mr Sonko.