Ernestine Kiano: The minister’s wife whom Moi deported

Mrs Ernestine Kiano, wife of then Commerce and Industry minister Gikonyo Kiano, proudly displays her new Kenya passport acquired in the 1960s. The Kenya Gazette notice that ordered her out of the country said she “had shown herself, by act and speech, to be disloyal and disaffected towards Kenya.” FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

Dateline: Nairobi, 1966: Cabinet minister Julius Gikonyo Kiano is having a drink at a Nairobi club. On his side is a pretty, young woman. The minister hardly notices the entry of his protective American wife, Ernestine Hammond. Furious and angry, Ernestine walks towards Dr Kiano. She removes her shoe and hurls it in his direction. He ducks. It possibly hits the wall as she creates an embarrassing scene.


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