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MP Ng’eno’s shuka ‘red carpet’ sets tongues wagging – PHOTOS

By RUTH MBULA November 4th, 2016 1 min read

A Narok County lawmaker has stirred debate on social media after women in his constituency improvised a “red carpet” for him by spreading their shukas on the ground as they welcomed him to a meeting.

Though Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng’eno is not new to controversy, he left Kenyans dumbfounded when over 700 women from his Mogondo backyard removed their shukas and reverently laid them on the ground for him to walk on.

The meeting was to plan a “mega fundraiser” for the women to start small businesses.

One of the women, Ms Naomi Koech, said the gesture showed the love they had for their leader.

“He is our son and we love him very much. That was the only way we could express our feelings,” she said.


Ms Koech said their husbands approved of the gesture because they also appreciated him.

“We have heard that some people are unhappy with what we did but that does not concern them. The shukas are ours and we can use them as we wish,” she said.

Mr Ng’eno savoured the moment, saying it was akin to the Biblical story of Jesus riding a donkey as he entered Jerusalem.

“Read Matthew 21:7 and you will understand what the women did,” he said.

The 44-year-old lawmaker’s marital status has been another source of controversy.

He, however, has said he now plans to marry following pressure from his mother.