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I'm no polygamist - Kibaki

2009-03-04 10:19

Nairobi - Kenya's normally mild-mannered President Mwai Kibaki called a rare news conference on Tuesday to deny persistent media reports of a second wife which he said had put him in a "foul mood".

The 77-year-old, who has seldom addressed journalists directly since coming to power in 2002, was incensed at versions by some newspapers and politicians that he has a second relationship with a woman called Mary Wambui.

"You know and I know and everybody else knows that I have only one dear wife, Lucy here... but the media keeps repeating about my having another wife or wives," he said at his State House residence in Nairobi, flanked by his wife.

"I have gotten into this very foul mood after listening to some statement... I want to say quite frankly anyone who is bent on that course will see me in court. And we shall deal with him, no other way whatsoever," he added, referring to one politician who had spoken about a second wife.

'You have been tormenting us'

Lucy Kibaki, famous for a volatile temper that once led her to slap a civil servant who mistakenly introduced her as Wambui, warned media she would not tolerate such reports.

"You have been tormenting us. I don't know what you get out of it," she said, before pointing at a cameraman from the private Kenya Television Network (KTN).

"I nearly came to your studio last night to attack you the way I did the Nation," she added, referring to a previous incident where she stormed into a newsroom.

The Kibakis said they would sue anyone who discusses the matter publicly.

Polygamy is still practised among some communities in Kenya, including Kibaki's Kikuyu ethnic group.