Veteran trade unionist Francis Atwoli celebrated his 70th birthday on June 6, and his wife, Mary Kilobi, reportedly gifted him with a 2019 Mercedes Benz-CLA Class model, whose price is estimated at Ksh5 million.
Taking to his Facebook page on Thursday, the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) boss expressed his excitement at receiving the birthday present.
“Today, I turned a year older, wiser and more energetic. My only dear wife [Mary Kilobi] surprised me at my office and presented to me keys to a brand new 2019 Mercedes Benz-CLA Class. Her heartwarming message was also electric. [She said]: ‘May the Almighty God continue to bless you, keep you strong, healthy and happy. May He watch over you for us. Francis Atwoli, unapendwa ajabu! Happy birthday, Mr Amazing!’
According to www.cars.usnews.com, Atwoli’s latest vehicle goes for at least $33, 100 (Ksh3.4 million) at the foreign showroom. KRA charges an importation tax of Ksh1.7 million on the car, bringing the total cost of the vehicle to Ksh5.1 million.
“The Mercedes-Benz CLA has some good qualities, but as a whole, it is not an exceptional luxury small car,” says www.cars.usnews.com.
“The engine (brisk), transmission (smooth), and handling (athletic) are all on point. Together, they create a dynamic sedan that leans toward the sporty side and never feels disconnected from the road,” says the cars website.
In mid-August 2018, Atwoli confirmed that he was married to KTN news anchor Mary Kilobi.
Atwoli said he is “stupid lover”, who commits to a relationship without philandering.
Until his confirmation in mid-August on Citizen Television’s Jeff Koinange Live show, the COTU boss hadn’t spoken about the allegation, which first surfaced on blogs before being published later by Standard Group-owned weekly newspaper, The Nairobian.
“She [Mary Kilobi] is my wife. She is my second wife, who is taking care of me,” Mr Atwoli told Jeff Koinange.
“I met her 13 years ago, when she was on internship at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation and I had gone on official duties in Uganda. She was 21-years-old at the time, and a student at the Makerere University,” said Atwoli.
“I [instantly developed a soft spot for her], and told her: ‘I would marry you; even if it takes me a thousand years. Mature up, and I would marry you’.”
Mr Atwoli described Kilobi as an “all-rounded woman” who is “very caring”.
The COTU chief, 70, also denied claims that he snatched Mary Kilobi, 34, from a Bungoma businessman, Jack Wanami Wamboka, who was claiming online that Atwoli “broke my marriage”.
“Her [Kilobi’s] parents said no one had paid bride price for their daughter. Before I marry a woman, I send emissaries to confirm if she is someone else’s wife. That process [of ascertaining Mary Kilobi’s marital status] was done; and I was given the green light to marry her after it was established that she was single at the time,” said Atwoli.
Kilobi, in the Nairobian interview, said she doesn’t care about the 35-year age gap between her and the COTU boss because she came to learn that “age shouldn’t be a determining factor when choosing to settle down with a man”.
The journalist said: “I love Atwoli. He is a caring man, who is always there for me. Given another chance, I will still fall in love with him.”
Kilobi said another key attribute which attracted her to Mr Atwoli, was his God-fearing nature.
“I have never come across a man, who loves and fears God like him [Atwoli],” she told The Nairobian.
A cheeky question was posed to Atwoli on JKL on whether he has the stamina to intimately sustain Kilobi, who is nearly four decades his junior.
Atwoli replied: “Ninaweza kazi mbaya sana [I have the energy to go about intimacy with her].”
Kilobi, according to Atwoli, is now his second wife, after he “released” the initial second wife “to go pursue politics”.
“I asked my second wife not to involve herself with politics, but she chose that path. The reason I was asking her not to pursue politics was because I needed somebody to take care of me, and since she joined politics [against my wish], I married Mary so that she attends to me,” said Mr Atwoli.
The experienced trade unionist said despite marrying Kilobi, he still values and respects his first wife.
Asked whether he would add another wife after Kilobi, he said: “No”.