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Ruto: It is not easy to give away your daughter, especially to Nigerians



Deputy President William Ruto’s daughter June Ruto got married to Dr Alexander Ezenagu on Thursday in Karen in a colourful ceremony attended by close friends and family.

DP Ruto left guests in stitches at the reception after he joked that it was difficult to give away his daughter to a Nigerian due to his past experiences with them.

The DP, amid laughter from the guests, narrated the story of Anthony Chinedu, a man who hit Kenyan headlines for sometime and had to be deported.

“It is both an exciting and anxious moment. It is not easy as a parent to give away your daughter. It is much more difficult if you are giving away your daughter to Nigerians.

Newly-weds Alexander Ezenagu and June Ruto pose for a photo with DP William Ruto and Rachel Ruto. [Courtesy]

“It is much more difficult when you are giving your daughter to Ibos (people living chiefly in southeastern Nigeria who speak Igbo),” said the DP as the crowd burst into laughter.

Adding: “Because when I first met Alex I told him a story of a guy called Chinedu who gave us a lot of trouble and I was told that man was an Igbo.

“So you can understand…this Chinedu fellow gave us so much trouble that we deported him to Nigeria and when we deported him he refused to get out of the aeroplane in Lagos for two days. Even after leaving him there we found him in Kenya.”

Alexander Ezenagu and June Ruto enjoy a dance. [Courtesy]

Ruto advised his daughter to submit to the husband as she was now someone’s wife and gave the couple his blessings.

Among those who attended the ceremony were Amani National Congress Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi, Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Soy MP Caleb Kositany, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Ruto’s personal assistant Farouk Kibet, Susan Kihika’s husband Sam Mburu, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Nandi Governor Stephen Sang.

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The guests also dressed to impress. [Courtesy]

June Ruto’s friends, mostly young women, also showed up dressed to turn heads.

Ezenagu’s people, though few, cut figures of gentleman ready to be new members of the Ruto family.

The best man, Ezenagu’s kin, was dressed in a black classic suit. The couple’s wedding comes nearly three weeks after Ruto –  on May 8 – hosted Alexander’s family at his Karen residence, where the Nigerian sought the DP’s permission to marry June.

The new addition to Ruto’s family is an assistant law professor at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a public university in Qatar’s capital, Doha.

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