Former second lady Yvonne Wamalwa’s absence from public life in Kenya has given rise to all kinds of speculation regarding her whereabouts.
Her mother-in-law’s funeral was held just a few weeks ago but little mention was made of Yvonne, leading to rumours that she may not have attended the funeral. A Kenyan website has raised an interesting angle as to the actual reasons for Yvonne’s absence. Similar claims have been made by the Weekly Citizen newspaper.
Yvonne has undergone a dramatic transformation since the death of her husband, Vice President Michael Wamalwa, in August 2003. Wamalwa died just months after their glamorous wedding which, no doubt, was the Kenyan wedding of the century. Following the tragedy, Yvonne became the centre of national sympathy and attention. In effect, she assumed an iconic status similar to the late Princess Diana.
The government quickly cleared all debts incurred by the late Vice President enabling Yvonne to begin life on a fresh slate. She was invited to so many functions that she became a celebrity. Yvonne founded a charity organization which attracted significant interest. Eventually, she landed a job in the government as a diplomat.
Today, there is widespread speculation that Yvonne is holed up in Australia working in the Kenyan Embassy. It is not clear when this appointment came into effect but Yvonne retains close ties with President Mwai Kibaki and powerful friends of the late Wamalwa.