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KANZE DENA [PHOTO | COURTESY]

State House spokesperson Kanze Dena weds

State House spokesperson Kanze Dena is officially taken, EDAILY can authoritatively reveal.

Ms Dena tied the knot with the love of her life – identified as Nick Mararo – at her rural home in Kwale County on Friday.

The two-day secret ceremony continued on Saturday, March 2.

Kanze Dena applied for a one-month leave so that she could hold her wedding.

Mr Mararo paid dowry and exchanged wedding vows with Kanze Dena in a traditional setting.

Only close family members and invited guests attended the former Citizen Television anchor’s wedding.

Nipashe Wikendi host, and Ms Dena’s longtime friend Lulu Hassan, was one of the maids of honour.

EDAILY understands that the groom, Mr Mararo, is an information technology (IT) specialist working in Nairobi.

Kanze Dena, 39, has a 13-year-old son, Amani, from a previous relationship.

The State House communications boss was brought up in Mombasa by her mother, who passed away on August 8, 2007 from colon cancer.

In a past interview with EDAILY, Kanze Dena revealed her struggles with low self-esteem while growing up.

“When I joined boarding school for upper primary classes, I realised I had serious body changes. I looked at other girls whom I shared a classroom with (Standard Five, Six) and noticed they weren’t developing as fast as I was. My breasts had developed, my hips had broadened… and men would stare at me.

“Naturally, I have slightly bowed legs – I did not consider that my unique gait was ‘wrong’ because no one at home mocked me.

“When I became conscious of my development, I realised I walked differently from other girls. That is the point that I started keeping to myself. I toned down my playfulness – I was wondering what was wrong with me. Men laughed at me.

“I’d slouch because I wanted to hide my breasts. I would wear long clothes to hide my legs too – I used to be very shy.

“I did not feel like I was as beautiful as other girls. The guys would always laugh at me – ‘Huyu msichana ywatembeaje?’ They’d constantly ask.”

“I would lock myself in a secluded room and bury my head in books. That’s where they could not get me because we fought for top spots in class.

“Even now, I don’t believe that I am beautiful. People send compliments, but the damage had been done – I had already told myself I am not beautiful. I don’t have the legs that other girls have; I don’t have the posture that all the other beautiful girls have… I am definitely not that ultimate beauty! However, I appreciate that people perceive me to be beautiful,” she said in the February 2016 interview.

Keep it EDAILY for fresh updates on Kanze Dena’s wedding.

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