Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli’s trip to the Coast over the weekend was fodder for debate on social media after TV personality Jamila Mbugua revealed that he had secretly married a 23 year old girl.
Atwoli had travelled to Mawe Resort in Watamu, Kilifi to celebrate his 72nd birthday with his wife Mary Kilobi.
Pictures of the secret ceremony have not surfaced on the internet as Jamila who is from Kilifi insisted that it was not a rumour.
He’s got a lot going on for him.. he just quietly married a 23 year old Muslim girl at the Coast https://t.co/A88f6JF3qu
— @jamilambugua (@jamilambugua) June 6, 2021
A video of the two obtained by us shows Atwoli offering to carry Kilobi aboard the yacht, which indicates that the two were still in good terms.
“May I take this opportunity to say a big thank you for all your warm birthday wishes. Sincere gratitude to my wife Mary Atwoli, Waziri Eugene Wamalwa and my son Philipo who took me on a yacht trip around the Indian Ocean,” Atwoli posted.
May I take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU for all your warm birthday wishes. Sincere gratitude to my wife Mary Atwoli, Waziri @EugeneLWamalwa and my son Philipo @themainpoacher who took me on a yacht trip around the Indian Ocean. pic.twitter.com/YaCyuUfCXF
— Francis Atwoli NOM (DZA), CBS, EBS, MBS. (@AtwoliDza) June 6, 2021
His wife Kilobi showered him with praise while wishing him a long and healthy life.
“Happy Birthday My Mr A. A long and I mean a looooong life of great health and happiness is my sincere prayer to God Almighty for you!,” she said.
Kilobi is one of the most well-known and acclaimed Kiswahili TV anchors on KTN. Kilobi began her career in television as an intern with the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation in Uganda where they met.
Atwoli was in the station for an interview and upon hearing of a Kenyan girl who was working there, he insisted on meeting her.
“When I met her about 13 years ago, that’s in 2005 in Kampala and she was at that time with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) and I was in the company of my second wife whom I have released to go and do politics and she has taken over,” Atwoli revealed in a past interview.
Despite there being a difference of about 30 years between the couple, Kilobi says Atwoli is a loving man in private unlike in public where he appears to lose his rag easily.