City lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo won Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s heart in style.
Waiganjo went down on one knee and proposed to her a few weeks ago at the lavish Lord Eroll hotel in Runda, Nairobi.
“I was completely surprised. We had not been talking about formalising our relationship so I did not expect it. We had just come from holidays and were celebrating his birthday as we do with close friends every year,” said Waiguru.
She recalls feeling shy and saying yes to the man she describes as very grounded and with deep faith in God.
February 16 was their traditional engagement event where invited guests, friends and family gathered in numbers. No photos were allowed.
“It was a beautiful ceremony. The time was right for us to take our relationship to the next level,” Kamotho told the Saturday Standard.
In their own words, their love story starts from a ferry in Likoni channel, Mombasa, 10 years ago.
At the time, they were travelling for constitutional conference and in the heat of Coast, they shared a simple meal - bread and Soda - that struck Kamotho’s heart.
“I realised she was a basic girl,” the former commissioner for Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) says.
They were both consulting for parties that were negotiating the constitution. Kamotho was a team leader and Waiguru had been sent to advise them on public finance chapter.
Kamotho Waiganjo at the event [Photo: Courtesy]
He decided to pursue her further. After several phone conversations, she submitted to his requests for a date.
He took her to a Thai restaurant in Nairobi, and it is there that they had their first fight.
“She was on phone the whole time. I had to ask her why she was not paying attention to our date,” says Kamotho
“We agreed that when we are together and with family, phones are kept aside unless it is completely necessary. I am not doing badly nowadays,” she says.
He does not mind being overshadowed, as long as their love remains strong.
“People have different roles, and the fact that she is popular is all details. We focus on the two of us,” he says.
Both of them are divorced, and Kamotho says their ex-spouses have accepted that the two are destined together and are now supportive.