Makau Mutua reacts to Aisha Jumwa’s ‘money necklace’ gift on Akothee’s wedding
Azimio la Umoja spokesperson professor Makau Mutua has expressed his discontent after Public Service Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa gifted singer Esther Akoth alias Akothee a ‘necklace’ consisting of one thousand shilling notes on her wedding.
Angered by the gift, Mutua called out Jumwa, and described the gift as shameful.
Nairobi News understands the notes amounted to Sh100,000.
The gift has attracted varying opinions from Kenyans who questioned why she splashed such an amount while others just wowed at how lucky Akothee is.
Mutua was among those who took exception with the gift and shared as much on his socials.
He tweeted: “What’s the significance of a ‘money necklace?’ Has our society become so crass, callous, decrepit, and immoral? A huge shame!”
What’s the significance of a “money necklace?” Has our society become so crass, callous, decrepit, and immoral? A huge shame!
— Prof Makau Mutua (@makaumutua) April 11, 2023
Further, some questioned why the senior government official would be spending such an amount on a wedding whereas some public servants had yet to receive their March 2023 salaries.
The CS has however never been one to hide that she is a woman of means having declared during her vetting that she is worth Sh100 million.
Her assets, she explained, included houses in Malindi and Nairobi were worth Sh85 million.
“I have a house in Nairobi and Malindi which are worth Sh85 million and the rest is from my other hustles,” she said, adding that she also owned two motor vehicles and a motorcycle whose value was not immediately revealed.
The CS was not the only politician who splashed the cash at the extravagant wedding of the famous socialite and her Caucassian lover.
Lang’ata MP Felix Odiwuor also splashed an unknown amount of cash and warned that he would have gifted more had he received his monthly salary at that time.
“Hata hatujalipwa. Tungekuwa tumelipwa mngejua. (And we have not yet been paid. If we had our salaries, you would have known).”
Akothee’s wedding was held on her birthday, a wish she had since time in memorial.