A COUPLE, Ann Magwi and Jotham Munini, was on Saturday forced to call off their wedding after a man, who claimed to be the father of both of them turned up.
According to reports from Tana River County, where the event happened, the supposed bride and groom, who were raised by single mothers, were yet to walk to the aisle to solemnise their union when their alleged father and sister entered the local church claiming it is an abomination for them to marry.
Pastor of the church, Felix Muli told the press that the man had children with both the bride and groom’s mothers before they separated .
According to the pastor, “one of the children, the groom, was sired in an informal relationship that did not end well, while the bride was conceived from the woman with whom he had a clandestine relationship at the time.”
The supposed father, James Sidai explained that his wife left their matrimonial home and took along their child after learning he was cheating on her and he continued with his relationship with the other woman.
He said things did work due to financial instability, leading to a breakup and at the time of their breakup, the woman was four months’ pregnant and got married to a teacher a year later.
Pastor Muli said Sidai had photos of the two children when they were young and when they were in college. The man said he obtained their college photos from his friend.
“This man married and has three children with the current wife, but has never been in contact with the children he sired out of wedlock until he learned of a wedding through a friend who also shared it on a certain WhatsApp group. That is when he decided to make this trip and trace the church,” said Muli.
A nephew of the man said his uncle had unsuccessfully tried to trace the two for about 10 years but all was in vain; but saw the daughter once in the same school his children attend but he did not know how to go about it since the other father was visiting.
“He never saw her again after completing her primary school education. All he wanted was to save their lives and forestall a looming calamity,” he said.
Pastor Muli, who canceled the wedding and summoned the parents to get to the bottom of the matter, said the groom was told his father died in a road accident while he was young while the bride knew the late teacher like her father.
According to him, the women did not deny knowing the man, and neither did they deny paternity. We sat down the couple in the nick of time and explained things out.”