Laikipia Woman Rep. Catherine Waruguru, husband kicked out of Kericho hotel


Laikipia Woman Rep. Catherine Waruguru, husband kicked out of Kericho hotel
Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Waruguru after she was denied entry into Sunshine Hotel, Kericho. PHOTO/CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • The couple was turned away by the management of Sunshine Hotel for reportedly failing to produce a marriage certificate.
  • Speaking to Citizen TV, Waruguru claimed the incident came only hours after they had booked a room at the hotel.
  • According to Waruguru, she had visited her in-laws in Kericho County together with her husband and had planned to spend the night in the county.

Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Waruguru and her husband were on Saturday night denied accommodation at a hotel in Kericho Town.

The couple was turned away by the management of Sunshine Hotel for reportedly failing to produce a marriage certificate.

Speaking to Citizen TV, Waruguru claimed the incident came only hours after they had booked a room at the hotel.

“This is my registration card which is clearly filled… it has Mzee’s name and has my name and I was given room 402,” said the legislator.

“After dinner, we came back to the hotel at around 9 – 10pm only to be rudely shown the door to be told we did not produce a marriage certificate.”

According to Waruguru, she had visited her in-laws in Kericho County together with her husband and had planned to spend the night in the county.

She further stated that the management refused to listen to her pleas despite interventions by area leaders.

“I have watched like 10 couples walk into this hotel and I didn’t see any one of them producing marriage certificates,” she added.

“I may wish to know how many more women and men will suffer in the hands of hospitality industries and before people who feel that it is not about your money that you’re able to afford a room but about a marriage certificate.”

The legislator has now threatened to sue the management of the hotel for embarrassing her and her husband, as well as for violating her constitutional right and failing to promote the interests of people from different cultures.

The hotel management is yet to respond to the matter.

The hotel, however, has a notice at the entrance indicating that it is against their rules for a man and woman outside wedlock to sleep in the same room.

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