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The changing fortunes of MCA who rode a bicycle to a ward seat

Saturday December 8 2018

Gatitu MCA Simon Muturi

Gatitu MCA Simon Muturi and his bride Eunice Gichohi arrive at their wedding reception in a top-of-the-range vehicle. Mr Muturi could not afford to hire a car when he was campaigning for a ward seat in 2017 but rode his bicycle to victory. PHOTO | GRACE GITAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

GRACE GITAU
By GRACE GITAU
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It was not a bicycle affair but a Land Cruiser V8 entry at Gatitu MCA Simon Muturi’s wedding.

Most people undoubtedly recall the story of the 26-year-old unemployed youth from Nyeri who managed to raise just Sh30, 000 for his political campaign when aspirants in the country were splashing millions in their quest to clinch a ward representative seat. He rode his way to clinch the MCA seat on a bicycle.

Since his election, the Gatitu MCA has managed to buy a new car and dumped the bicycle that had been branded in Jubilee colours.

On Saturday, the Gatitu MCA, his fiancée Eunice Gichohi and their bridal team arrived at PCEA Muruguru to exchange wedding vows in luxurious vehicles.

The convoy of the top-of-the-range vehicles

The convoy of the top-of-the-range vehicles that brought Mr Simon Muturi to his wedding. PHOTO | GRACE GITAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Wearing a striking navy blue suit, Mututi officially ditched the bachelor’s club. His bride was wearing a beautiful white gown with a flowing tail that made her look like Cinderella in her fairy tale wedding.

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Though he is still referred to as MCA wa Muithikiri to mean the ward representative who used to ride a bicycle, the new seat has brought good tidings.

Mr Simon Muturi and his wife Eunice Gichohi

Mr Simon Muturi and his wife Eunice Gichohi shortly after their wedding in Nyeri on December 8, 2018. PHOTO | GRACE GITAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A fleet of Toyota Prados among other luxurious vehicle formed a long convoy to the church and the reception area.

Locals turned out in large numbers to witness their ward rep who campaigned on a bicycle tie the knot in a flashy wedding.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga (second, right)

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga (second, right) dances with the new couple after they exchanged their wedding vows on December 8, 2018. PHOTO | GRACE GITAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

It was a drastic change of fortune, for the young man who could not then afford hiring a vehicle for his campaign.

Gatitu/Muruguru Ward Jubliee Candidate, Muturi

Gatitu/Muruguru Ward Jubliee Candidate, Muturi Muthee, during an interview at his home in Muruguru village, Nyeri County in 2017. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

But on Saturday, some of his newfound friends offered their vehicles.

Gatitu MCA Simon Muturi and his wife Eunice

Gatitu MCA Simon Muturi and his wife Eunice Gichohi greet friends shortly after exchanging wedding vows at PCEA Muruguru Church on December 8, 2018. PHOTO | GRACE GITAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Governor Mutahi Kahiga, Senator Ephraim Maina, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia were among the invited guests.

The leaders advised the couple to play deaf to criticism and concentrate on making sure that their marriage works.

“The first five years of your union will be hard. But my advice to Muturi is that when you wife is angry try not to match her anger. Just relax and wait for her to calm down,” he said.

Muturi’s colleagues and staff from the assembly were also present and took up roles at the weddings.