When President Uhuru was revealing the names of his cabinet secretaries, he decided to take questions from journalists. The exercise was going smoothly (at least on Twitter), until Oliver Mathenge picked the microphone to ask the president a question we still cannot recall. As with all journalist before him, Mathenge had to introduce himself, but the president cut him short telling him he ‘knew him’.
From that moment, Twitter has been awake with theories on how the president knows the journalist, and jokes on the same.
Blogger Dennis Itumbi was the first to comment.
Ferdinand Omondi joined in.
Then media madness took his turn.
Even artiste Avril was impressed, and immediately followed Oliver.
Oliver was finally forced to respond.
Ok, calm down people. The President knows a lot of people!
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) April 23, 2013
And still more
After all the jokes and speculation, it was down to the big question. How does the president know Oliver Mathenge?
It turns out the story is sweeter than you think.
Apparently, as revealed by Dennis Itumbi and The Jackal News, Uhuru Kenyatta while still the finance minister, once bumped into Oliver and his then girlfriend and K24 reporter Jacque Maribe
Jacque is currently a reporter at Citizen TV.
|Jacque Maribe [Photo||Facebook]|
In 2011, blogger Dennis Itumbi threw a bash for Jacque at the Great Rift Valley Lodge. Oliver, being the boyfriend was naturally present.
Uhuru Kenyatta was incidentally at the same venue, for a KANU meeting. So when it was party time, the president was among the guests and he did not come empty handed. How could he and Jacque was his employee at K24?
With him was a bottle of wine and a word of advice for the beautiful journalist.
“From a man who is 50 to a girl who has just started life; This (a bottle of wine) is for you. Do not let life pass-by. From a man, who is aged, I missed my chances in life to the maximum; do not waste yours. Grab them, utilize the opportunities and do not waste them.”
Uhuru then joined Jacque’s hand with Mathenge’s and said ‘God Bless you’.
Part of this story was confirmed by Dennis Itumbi, who tweeted.
Apparently, not a lot can be written about Mathenge and Maribe’s affair these days, but the guy can stand tall and say,’ The president knows me bitch’.
Credit: Jackal News