The First Lady Kenya never had

The Bometts liked Moi, the tall, handsome and well-mannered orphaned boy who would stay with them during school holidays. Moi was to later marry their daughter, Helena Bomett (above centre with handbag), better known as Lena. The two started growing apart as Moi got deeply engrossed in politics of survival against the mandarins surrounding President Jomo Kenyatta. Photo/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Lena’s parents, the Paul Bomett family, were pioneer Christians in Eldama Ravine.
  • They respected Moi, the young, tall, handsome and well-mannered orphan boy.
  • That is how Moi found himself in the Bometts’ home, where he silently admired Helena, the beautiful girl with a round face.

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Lena Tungo Moi strode Kenya’s political scene with her visibility as the vice-president’s wife.

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