Fantastic Wedding Of Tonny And Lissa In Stockholm

 lissa  the couple limo at kings garden 

The long awaited wedding of Tonny and Lissa is finally over, going down in Kenya-Stockholm history as the fifth Kenyan public wedding in this city. The wedding ceremony, which was well attended by Stockholm standards, was graced with the presence of “high powered” personalities including the Kenyan Ambassador to Scandinavia H.E Mrs Purity Muhindi who, nevertheless, did not attend the reception. She was accompanied by her husband Mr. Muhindi who sat quietly beside his rib as the preacher man went about sealing the marriage complete with the signing of a marriage certificate. In public, KSB knows Mr. Muhindi as a very humble and quiet person who can never hurt a fly.

Mr. Laban Mberi, the pioneer of public weddings in Stockholm, was one of the first enthusiasts to arrive at Södermalmskyrka together with his wife Josephine and their two children. The couple carries the distinction of opening the way of “Kenya Public weddings” in Stockholm which began with the Mberis in May 2001. Other “Wedding veterans” like Mr & Mrs Nashon Mbugua, Mr. & Mrs Clay Onyango together with Pastor Beatrice Kamau skipped the Church service although Mbuga and Clay surfaced at the reception which was held at Norsborg.

Immediately after 15.00hrs, leading Kenyan personalities arrived in quick succession. The arrival of Mr. Martin Ngatia, the Vice chairperson of ODM-Scandinavia who is also the Chairperson of KESDEMO, was immediately followed by that of Mr. Daniel Mwaura, the Chairperson of Narc-Kenya Scandinavia. The burly and dreadlocked Mr. Kenneth Wamburi Munge, the Secretary of Narc-KS, was also among the first to arrive at the Church together with his beautiful soul-mate, Irene Wakonyo.

Mr. Githuku wa Muirani, the initiator of “Kibaki Tena” lobby group, arrived in an expensive and intimidating white suite that could not be missed by anybody who was keen enough on men’s attires especially suites. He was accompanied by his wife Mary who was also immaculately dressed, calm and cool. Earlier, Mr. Bryan Njoroge, an ardent supporter of Mr. Muirani who is also the co-founder of Kibaki Tena Lobby group, arrived at the Church compound and took it easy.

The public gathering took place against a backdrop of news that the formation of “Kibaki Tena” was an issue that was creating a lot of serious indigestion among Narc-KS leaders. In fact, the gathering provided the first opportunity for Narc Kenya leaders to come face to face with their “Kibaki Tena” protagonists amid hot rumors in Stockholm that both Muirani and Njoroge had been expelled from the Party because of their latest and unwelcome machinations within the Party. However, politics was completely kept out of the day’s processes and an innocent attendee could not notice that behind the public show of calm and tranquility among Narc-KS personalities, deep-seated political differences which could not be reconciled were also lurking on the side-lines.

Chama Cha Mwananchi (CCM) was also well represented by its Chairperson Mr. Jeff Ole Ngais and his mate Mr. Keegan Kaagwe.

Mr. Muritu Githu made sure that he never missed both the service and the reception. Bwana Muritu has been very vocal on the Kenyan scene although at the moment, he appears to have gone on holiday, choosing instead to pull the strings at Bagarmossen Church from the background.  It is rumored that no key decision gets through at Bagarmossen church without Muritu’s tacit contribution.

At the organizational level, it appeared as though members of the Bagarmossen Church were in total control of events because all the “who is who” in the Church could be seen playing big roles especially when it came to mobilization and giving direction. Brother Samson, a member of the Church, was honored with the privilege of praying for the couple at the reception which was also addressed by Lissa’s father Mr. Mwangi. Speaking in Swahili, the Mzee told Tonny to take good care of Lissa because she was a queen in the family. Other personalities connected to Bagarmossen Church who were seen in leading positions were Sheila (whose two cute daughters were among the maids) and Mrs Catherine Kiboi whose Silver coated Benz car carried Lissa to the Church before she left in a Limo “Jimmy Gichu style”.

“ALL OUT DISCO” AT SÖDERMALMS CHURCH
On another sweet note, it was time to take Stock of the latest trend in Kenya-Stockholm fashion industry for both men and women. For women, it was a mixture of Mavitenge and Mgongo wazi (open back)  samples although quite a number of girls had office-like attires.

The crowd was a clear mixture of black and white guests although Weusi dominated arithmetically. The considerable presence of white Swedes in the wedding crew suggested that both Tonny and Lisa are “well connected” especially within the religious white Swedish circles. For example, the best maid was white while the best man was also white, signs that the couple might have been “well integrated” into the Swedish society. It was a moment of elation as white Swedes led the crowd in singing Swahili songs, occasionally working the crowd until they got on their feet to dance to the tunes that were accompanied by instrumentals.

A short concert at the Alter was performed by a pack of well trained little white kids just before the union. The kids engaged in unified dance motions as instrumentals blared from the speakers, much to the amusement of the audience. Both Lissa and Tonny watched with deep compassion as they openly admired the result of months of intensive planning. The brief stage-show at the Alter by the kids was something new when compared to past weddings in Stockholm. It was clear evidence that “every wedding is unique”.

Finally, it was time for the couple to consume the holy communion. Thereafter, the couple went through the “Do you take Lissa as your wife…” process. After being pronounced “husband and wife”, Lissa surprised the audience by bursting into an emotional Love song which, she said, she had always wanted to sing to her sweetheart but only at the right moment. Her choice to utilize the time immediately after being wedded to sing the song was also something new. When she finished her mission, the crowd cheered wildly.  

When the ceremony appeared to have been over, the Church was literally converted into a disco hall, complete with dance and dangerous wriggling of the waist although in the name of Jesus . The difference is that the tunes were not of the Ndombolo type but from carefully chosen Swahili gospel of the Rose Muhando type and the crowd enjoyed every bit of it. After the holy matrimony, there was no traditional “Picture taking” outside the Church. The couple was instead, driven in a Limousine to the Kings Garden where they took memorable pictures before heading to Norsborg Musikhuset for the reception.

Unlike other previous weddings, speeches were limited with key speakers being Lissas’s dad Mwangi, her sister Naomi Njeri and Mr. Sundy, a family friend who also played a big role in the organization of the wedding. Henry Ndegwa, a friend of the Murayas, travelled all the way from Finland to preside over as the Master of Ceremony. He was assisted by Githuku wa Muirani whose leading role at the wedding was also evident. Muirani’s girls were among the flower girls while Muirani also made announcements at the Church just before the ceremony started, roles which suggested that he was also in the “Thick of things” at the wedding. This could also explain the Kenyan’s option to “dress to kill” at the wedding. The same case applied to Steve who appeared to have been in control of Transport. Steve also made sure that his daughter was chosen as one of the flower girls.

At the reception, food was fantastic and and in plenty. Everybody filled up their tummies starting with the children. Mukimo, Rice, Dengu, Pilao, Chapo, Sambosas, Nyama choma, name it, was there complete with Kachumbs. There was no rationing and you Jazzad your plate as much as you wanted. Remnants of food remained late into the night and some disco-goers were spotted emptying the last bits when hunger began to bite after they worked their bodies vigorously on the floor.

WHO IS NEXT IN KENYA STOCKHOLM PUBLIC WEDDINGS?
The atmosphere at the reception was “very religious” with booze, wine and other strong stuff conspicuously missing from the menu. When Clay hosted his reception at the same venue in August 2005, guests arrived to find boxes of wine neatly laid on the table, ready to flow like fereji. On top of it, crates of beer were packed neatly while bottles of  “Machozi ya Simba” could also be seen lined up in readiness for the Grand swallowing.

Some Kenyans had hopped that because Jesus consumed wine and because the drinking of wine is also allowed by the bible, some red and white stuff could emerge but nothing came up. These Kenyans based their hopes on the Book of Timothy verse 5 Chapter 23 which says: “No longer drink only water but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments”. This verse did not work out miracles because the place was “very dry”. They expected that once the wine materialized and instead of obeying the bible by drinking “A little” wine, they would just go full throttle because there would be no supervision.

Other “Devil worshippers” had hopped that there could be some “underground Movement” that could supply whisky and an assortment of “invisible vinywaji” that could be mixed with sodas and consumed anonymously as the cake was being cut but this too did not work out because there was “tight security” by Wafarisai who behaved like Angels guarding the Gates of Heaven. Frustrated, a whole “congregation” of well known worshipers of Vinywaji who pray regularly  at the “Temple of Vasa” simply disappeared from the reception, prompting KSB Intelligence Security Services (KISS) to get to work at short notice. The task was to trace where the crowd had retreated.

A report soon arrived that the Swallowers had regrouped at a pub at Norsborg (5 Min walk from the reception) to “quench their thirst”. When we arrived at the scene, it was like a “Who is Who” in the “Temple of Vasa”. Arch-Bishop EmG was leading the prayers assisted by Lady Dabliyu and Sister Cee. KSB was allowed in with a strict condition from the converts that no member of the congregation would be identified with their real names at the Blog. They were surprised that KSB Crew had discovered their hide out. Later, ManGit, brother MakM and Sister Wim joined the group to pray.

Interestingly, one of the guys who was in the “Engine room” in the wedding assignment was one of the converts attending the Prayer session. His name is Es-K.  He was in fact controlling events from the table and when his phone ran out of bats, another believer easily borrowed his phone to be used. According to the group, they were at the pub to kill time so that the disco could begin after Wafarisai had completed their work.

Although they missed the cutting and eating of the cake, they appeared not to have been bothered because according to their basic tenets, nobody apart from Tonny, Lissa’s husband, is in a position to eat the “real cake”, a sweet commodity whose consumption, they said, continues as long as the word “D” does not chip in to put a stop to everything.

In the end, the non believers had their time and the disco was eventually opened. Lissa and Tonny opened the dance before they left a few minutes later. The surviving crowd had their fill of everything imaginable all night long. It was a moment to remember. As the analysis begins, the question is: Who is next in the line of Kenya-Stockholm public weddings? To answer this question, all eyes will have to be focused on Kenyans who are single especially on those who are showing some level of serious activity at the romantic level. We will wait and see.

Okoth Osewe