A Kenyan Pastor at weekend says culture of his community allows him to marry four wives, as his aggrieved first wife accused him of infidelity and went on a rampage, destroying his café in Ukunda, Kwale County, Kenya.
Mrs Ruth Nyaga, accompanied by her friend, stormed her husband’s restaurant situated at Kona Ya Chafu area and started throwing tables and chairs, bottles in the air, forcing dining customers to flee for safety.
She claims her husband of 20 years, Daniel Nyaga, put up a café for hismpango wa kando, and he abandoned his family to wallow in poverty.
Eye witnesses say meals were littered on the floor and a television set broken to pieces as other facilities were looted.
“I inquired from my husband if he had completed putting up the cafeteria.
“He was shocked that I knew of his secret investment. Angry at me, he questioned who informed me about his underground project,” the aggrieved woman told eDaily.
Ruth reportedly found out that her husband was secretly seeing another woman – who he allegedly put up the hotel business for.
She said that her husband “enslaved” their son at the hotel – only for the proceeds to benefit the other woman.
“He (husband) took my son and employed him as a handyman.
“He recently fired him, claiming that the boy stole KSh500 from the hotel.
“I am very bitter at him (husband); we have three children together. The first born is 20, the second born is 14 and the last born is 10.
“I decided to raid the hotel because the man has been misusing my son, he works like a slave at the hotel – and I don’t see any returns coming home,” Nyaga said.
At the scene, the mother of three shouted at her husband: “Today I want to know my status – am I your wife or not? If you openly denounce me, I would not bother you again.”
The unapologetic husband, and pastor at New Apostolic Faith Church, said he has the rights to marry more women and that his wife should not cause chaos over “trivial issues”.
The husband says he married according to Tharaka community customs, which allow a man to marry up to four wives.
“I am from the Tharaka community, so I can marry up to four wives, even your dad has two wives.
“I am not under any obligation to inform you (of my hotel business and presence of second woman).
“Even your father has two wives,” Nyaga told his wife.
Ruth’s friend Lydia Kawira accuses Nyaga’s lover of having the habit of seducing married men – and using herself as an example, she said the wayward woman tried to lure her husband on several occasions.
Kawira says her husband fell for the woman’s charms and started dating her secretly. Kawira found out almost immediately and extinguished the illicit affair before it grew deep.
Ruth accused Nyaga’s friend, Chimera Mwamunga, of bad influence to her husband as he (Chimera) encouraged Nyaga to get another woman.
Mwamunga maintained that he does not see anything wrong in Nyaga having more than one wife.
Nonetheless, he observes the matter should have been resolved at home – and not in the public sphere.
“This is so shameful; such incidents don’t happen in these areas, we only see them on television.
“The woman’s actions have run her husband’s business into losses.
“The wife would have killed the other woman; she was armed with a knife,” he said.
Mr and Mrs Nyaga headed home from the drama venue while arguing. It is not yet established what followed thereafter.