Jomo and Achola’s ‘Itara’ cer­e­mony in Gatundu

Pres­i­dent Uhuru’s daugh­terin-law Fiona Achola got a warm re­cep­tion at the fam­ily’s ru­ral home in Ichaw­eri

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Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s new daugh­ter in-law Fiona Achola got a warm re­cep­tion at the Pres­i­dent’s ru­ral home in Ichaw­eri Gatundu on Satur­day dur­ing the tra­di­tional cer­e­mony “Itara”.

She was re­ceived by hun­dreds of peo­ple in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dent’s fam­ily mem­bers, friends and neigh­bours. The ‘itara’ cer­e­mony is where the bride’s fam­ily visit the grooms home to see where their daugh­ter will set­tle.

Itara refers to the Kikuyu tra­di­tional fire­wood stor­age in the kitchen and the cer­e­mony is an as­sur­ance that the pres­ence of fire­wood en­sures the house will al­ways have food and warmth and that their daugh­ter is in safe hands. Achola was es­corted by her mother

Ruth Omamo and handed over to her mother-in-law First Lady Mar­garet

Keny­atta be­fore be­ing es­corted to her new home by her aunts and her hus­band’s aunts amid ul­u­la­tions and cheers.

On com­ing out from the house, the bride was adorned by her mother-in­law and sis­ter-in-law Ngina be­fore re­ceiv­ing gifts from her aunts who in­cluded Se­na­tor Beth Mugo, Kristina Pratt, Nyok­abi Muthama, Anna, Pip,

and Chris­tine Gakuo (First Lady’s sis­ters) and De­fence Cabi­net Sec­re­tary

Ray­chelle Omamo among oth­ers. Uhuru’s mum, Mama Ngina Keny­atta could not hide her joy as her new “cow­ife” (Jomo is named af­ter her hus­band) was ush­ered in her new home.

In his brief speech to the guests, the Pres­i­dent told the youth that the fu­ture be­longs to them but it comes with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“Now that my son has his own home is a sign that we are ag­ing and we shall have to hand over some of the au­thor­ity to the young peo­ple but it comes with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties” he said.

Jomo’s aunt Kristina Pratt said the mar­riage was a cul­mi­na­tion of a long stand­ing friend­ship be­tween the Keny­at­tas and the Omamos where sib­lings from the two fam­i­lies went to the same school when the late Odongo

Omamo, Achola’s grand­fa­ther was serv­ing in Keny­atta’s cabi­net.

Oth­ers who at­tended were Ki­ambu Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo, Ny­eri Se­na­tor

Mu­tahi Kagwe, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, his Ka­bete coun­ter­part

Fer­di­nand Waititu, En­ergy PS Joseph Njoroge and Na­tional Coun­cil for Chil­dren’s Ser­vices chair­per­son Joyce Ngugi.

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1. Jomo and his wife Fiona Achola dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

2. Jomo with Achola who is re­ceived by her mother-in-law Mar­garet Keny­atta.

3. In­vited guests watch on big screen as Jomo’s mother and aun­ties adorn Fiona in tra­di­tional Kikuyu at­tire.

4. The Agĩkũyũ women wait­ing to wel­come the new bride.

5. Jomo (c) with mem­bers of Kayamba Africa.

6. Mama Ngina Keny­atta.

7. In­side view of the dome tent.

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