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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Pregnant woman disrupts wedding, says groom is her man

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A wedding ceremony turned chaotic in Nakuru yesterday after a woman, 21, stormed the church claiming to have been married to the groom for the last three years.

The wedding between Dennis Kinyanjui and Agnes Wangari was being held at ACK Jahovah Shammah Nakuru in Pipeline when the irate woman stormed the venue in the company of her mother and friends.

The woman, identified as Wanjiru claimed she is six months pregnant and they have been living together with Mr Kinyanjui and he had already made a commitment to take care of her and her unborn baby.

Drama ensued when she was barred from accessing the church compound.

Ms Agnes Wanjiru climbs the gate of ACK Jehovah Shammah Mission Centre in Pipeline, Nakuru in failed bid to stop a wedding. Ms Wanjiru claimed to be the groom’s wife, having cohabited with him for the past three years. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Those inside the church blocked the group accompanying Ms Wanjiru from getting into the premises. However, she climbed over the gate to access the church.

While the confrontation was taking place, the wedding was conducted hurriedly inside the church where the clergy pronounced the two as husband and wife. Ms Wanjiru questioned why the wedding was conducted at ACK Jehovah Shammah and not Saints Prayers Fellowship situated in Ponda Mali Nakuru where they have been members in the past year.

A police officer tries to pacify angry people during a confrontation after a woman stormed a church wedding in Nakuru County, claiming the groom is her husband. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The wedding went on under the leadership of a pastor identified as Livingstone Kimani of Heroes of Faith Church Ponda Mali Nakuru.

The confrontation left some of the church’s window panes broken.

After the wedding, the bride and the groom were whisked away in vehicles that drove at a high speed.

According to Ms Wanjiru’s mother, Ms Lucy Wanjiku, the groom had visited her with his family to ask for her daughter’s hand in marriage and they had agreed that the two would get married.

The jilted woman’s mother, Ms Lucy Wanjiku, climbs a gate to disrupt a wedding claiming her daughter is married to the groom. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“We were yet to make plans to fully formalise their marriage when we were informed that he was planning to marry another woman,” said Ms Wanjiku.

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Odd death notice reveals the vicious battles among co-wives

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An oddity in departed banker Thomas Anyumba’s death announcement early this week has thrust back to the limelight the debate on cohabiting couples.In yet another first in the evolving vocabulary of death announcements, those who placed the notice acknowledged the woman Anyumba cohabited with before his death.This was besides acknowledging the ex-student leader’s wife in the same announcement.

“Husband of Esther Achieng’ Owiyo (Kenyatta National Hospital) and later cohabited with Winnie Achieng’ Magambo (Kenya Revenue Authority-Kisumu),” reads the notice.It turned out the appearance of the word ‘cohabit’ in the notice was just the tip of the iceberg of a protracted battle between Esther and Winnie, which had led to the burial being delayed for months.

Until his death on September 19, Anyumba was the branch manager of Cooperative Bank in Busia. He hailed from Nyarach-Rongo village, Kambija sub-location in Migori County.

His burial was slated for October 3 but failed to take place after Esther went to court seeking to bar Winnie from the burial plans.

As the battle went on in the courts, clan elders also intervened to solve the dispute and have Anyumba buried.

Sources said at the heart of the dispute is the distribution of Anyumba’s estate, which includes a residential flat at PolyView estate, a maisonette under construction in Mamboleo, both in Kisumu, and vehicles.

And now, a letter dated November 13, 2019, from lawyer PD Onyango and seen by the Saturday Standard, directs Winnie to vacate a house at Polyview Estate, Kisumu. It was not clear whether this was Anyumba’s property or whether the latest agreement to have him buried had overshadowed the vacate notice.

The letter said she has up to January 2020 to vacate and should pay rent arrears, water and electricity bills — from November 2018 — before leaving.“Take notice that you are now hereby required to clear the said rent arrears of Sh120,000 within the next 14 days from the date hereof with our collection charges of Sh12,000 from the date hereof and failure of which we shall instruct auctioneers to levy distress without any further reference to you whatsoever,” reads the letter.

“Take further notice that we are also instructed to give you notice to vacate the said premises and we hereby serve you with 60 days’ notice effective from November 13, 2019 to January 13, 2020 and you are required to hand over vacant possession of the said house on or before January 13, 2020 and you must clear any pending water and or electricity bill and rent during the notice period.”The drama notwithstanding, Anyumba was buried on Thursday in Rongo, following an out-of-court settlement of the dispute. An insider said the two warring women attended the funeral.“The first wife and the co-wife were here, at the burial ceremony,” said the source.

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My Experience: I could not withstand working 18 straight hours as a house help in Saudi Arabia

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Lydia Mutua attests to have been literary desperate about improving her life and her family’s fortunes. Despite the fact that her husband is employed by a reputable company in Nairobi, the mother of three just wanted financial independence and to better her life. “I had heard that people could make good money working for rich families in Saudia, so I wanted to have that connection as well.”

Asked whether she had heard previous reports of Kenyans being tortured in Saudi Arabia, she answered to the affirmative but argued that the incentive to end her financial desperation was so huge that she overlooked the possible consequences.

“I could not imagine that I could be pocketing a cool Sh 80,000 a per month. Even if I managed to work for six months, the money could be enough for me to start a business,” revealed Lydia.

In April 2018, Lydia, who currently lives in Mlolongo Estate Nairobi, approached a local recruitment agency where she paid Sh 60,000 as processing fees plus a Sh 5,000 medical fee for hookup to Saudia employers.

“The agent told me that I have to pay Sh 60,000 processing fee plus Sh 5,000 medical fee. Since I already had some money from my salon business, I decided to sacrifice and pay for the commission fees.”

However, she was unable to withstand the heavy house chores (working for 18 hours), humiliations, and physical abuse by her employers. During her short time there, her job entailed washing dishes, clothes, cleaning, gardening every day. She would wake up at 3.30 am and sleep at 1 am, so she had only two hours to sleep. As if this was not enough, most of the time, she was given so little food while at other times denied food altogether. “Woe unto you if you make an error while performing these duties because you will be subjected to physical abuse or your salary deducted.”

“After working for two months for a middle-class business family in Sakaka, which is about 1,200 kilometres from the capital Riyadh, I decided that there was no way I could stay there and watch myself die”. She told Ureport adding that “I decided to request for help from my parents back in Kenya who sent me money for transport after which I jetted back.”

Following these experiences, Lydia vowed never to go back to Saudia in the name of looking for domestic work.

“Unless I am going for a company job, there is no way I will go back there with what I experienced,” she says.

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Papa Shirandula actress Naliaka ordained as a minister

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Celebrated Papa Shirandula actress Daisy Netia alias Naliaka is now a minister of the gospel after she was ordained as a pastor at the Harvest Family Church in Ongata Rongai.

Sharing the exciting news on Instagram, Naliaka – in prayer- thanked her spiritual father, Jimmy Macharia, for seeing her through.

“The day my life changed totally. I thank God for my spiritual father Jimmy Macharia who saw beyond my weaknesses. When God wants to do something in your life, He will introduce to you a man. Dear God, please help me not to ever forget where you picked from,” wrote Naliaka.

According to one of Naliaka’s close friends, the actress has been juggling between acting and ministry and are pleased that she was finally given the nod to do what she loves most.

Naliaka’s march to the pulpit is reminiscent with that of sports journalist Vincent Opiyo who not too long ago also heeded the call to minister through the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

In his last article published on May 19, 2019, Opiyo admitted that priesthood was his lifetime ambition despite his stint at the newsroom.

A passion to serve that, he said, began when he was 12 as an altar boy at his home Parish, Nangina Catholic Church.

“At the age of 12, I became an Altar Boy in my home parish, Nangina Catholic church. This was a year of finishing my catechism classes that culminated into receiving Holy Communion. It is during this period that I started dreaming of being like my parish priest who was a friend and a father figure,” he recalled.

Opiyo explained that even though he went through hardships at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), the U-turn was inevitable.

“I joined the University of Nairobi for a Broadcast Journalism course in September 2011 but my hopes for a bursary from a charity organization collapsed and I had to drop out after failing to pay the Sh110, 000 fees… I applied for evening classes at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Nairobi and sold Airtel mobile phone SIM cards on the streets to add to the little upkeep my father gave me. A SIM card was Sh50, my profit was Sh20,” he added.

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