Enraged wife stops husband’s wedding in Prophet Owuor’s church
By MAGDALENE WANJA and ERIC MATARA
There was drama in Nakuru on Friday when a woman stormed a church linked to renowned preacher Prophet Owuor protesting a planned wedding of her husband to another woman.
Armed with a court order stopping the wedding and a photocopy of the wedding invitation card, Ms Nelly Atieno stormed Kings Outreach Church headquarters at Nakuru’s showground area where she demanded that the church leadership stops the wedding between her alleged husband Fredrick Ajwang and the other woman Levine Nyamoita, a policewoman.
The wedding was scheduled to take place on Friday at the Kings Outreach Church Bumala Altar in Busia.
A fuming Ms Atieno claimed she had been married to Mr Ajwang, an engineer for the last 13 years and together had four children aged between three and 10 years, among them a set of twins.
The complainant had obtained court orders on Thursday after learning about the wedding from a friend who is a member of the church.
Ms Atieno shouted and hurled insults at the church pastors who were present before she was calmed down by some congregants.
According to Ms Atieno, she has been married to Mr Ajwang since 2003 in a wedding conducted according to the Luo customs.
Contacted by Nairobi News on phone¸ Mr Ajwang admitted knowing the woman and said she has been his wife. He, however, declined to comment further on the issue saying it was a matter in court.
In an interview with Nairobi News, Ms Atieno said they had been having differences with the man.
“But I only came to learn about the wedding through a friend who is a member of the church who sent me a copy of the invitation card through WhatsApp,” she said.
She rushed to obtain a court order from a Busia Magistrate court stopping the planned wedding on learning about the preparations between her alleged husband and the other woman said to be a member of the church.
Speaking after presenting the court order to the presiding pastor of the church Archbishop Reverend Sila, Ms Atieno claimed that despite tabling a complaint in August 2015 regarding her marriage with Mr Ajwang, the church still went ahead with the wedding preparations.
“I sought audience with church leadership to know why my husband was being married off to another woman, they advised me to seek a court’s intervention,” said Ms Atieno.
According to Ms Atieno, the church only stopped the wedding announcement but continued with preparations behind the scenes.
She wondered why the church was planning to preside over the union when she had protested and had produced proof of their 13 years of marriage including birth certificates of their four children.
“I even produced birth certificates of our children to a panel of the church leadership,” she claimed.
According to the church leadership, however, Ms Atieno did not have any documents to prove that she was legally married to Mr Ajwang.
The Archbishop told Nairobi News that they had since suspended the wedding until the matter is resolved.
“We have called off the wedding until the matter is heard and determined by the court. If Mr Ajwang and Ms Atieno resolve to divorce, we shall continue with the wedding thereafter,” said Reverend Sila.
He further said that the two (Mr Ojwang and Ms Nyamoita) notified the government office of their impending wedding and they got a notice of wedding two days ago.