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Introducing four ‘special’ Kenyans who have raised eyebrows

These men either have the highest number of wives and children or blasphem God or Jesus. Not only have they stood by what they believe in, but the men have also been termed as role models by their followers.

Here is the list;

Yesu wa Tongaren

Eliud Simiyu who is popularly known as Jesus of Tongaren, runs a sect together with his wife whom he calls Queen or the Blessed One. He also has 11 disciples who seat beside the couple. Neighbours of Mr Simiyu say that he was born a Catholic where his parents worshipped.

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“When he dropped out of Form One at Mukuyu Secondary School he became a farmer. One day in 2009, there were some disagreements at their home and Eliud Simiyu was hit in the head with a blunt object. He was rushed to hospital and when he was discharged, he started calling himself Jesus,” they told the Nation.

The father of eight is addressed as the holy one three times by any worshipper before they can utter anything inside the church. All worshippers are referred to as angels or prophets(ess) and are prohibited from using their official names.

The sect holds three festivals yearly – New Year, July, and October. Each is celebrated for three days where goats, sheep, and cows are slaughtered.

As per the dress code, women are not allowed to wear trousers, makeup, rings, or wigs as they already have the mark of the beast 666 while men are prohibited from having the mohawk hairstyle.

Women on their periods wear black attire and seat behind inside the church. They are not allowed to stand, talk or shake hands with fellow worshippers.

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Akuku Danger from Kisumu

Akuku Danger’s many wives and children. He married his first wife in 1939, and by the time he was 22, he had five.

At 35, he was on his 45th, and while he was breathing, his last his youngest wife was just 25 years old and had a three-month-old baby.

Akuku became the epitome of polygamy, a grandmaster with more than 100 wives and about 200 children.

According to the Nation, Akuku rationed his time and presence to ensure every wife – the eldest being 75 in 2020 when he died – felt valued.

The family runs an insurance company, grocery stores, hardware, and other businesses to sustain the widows and children. His legacy still lives on, with some of his children being polygamists.

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King Solomon from Kakamega

Giving Akuku Danger’s legacy some serious competition is David Zakayo. He is a 63-year-old man with eight wives and seven concubines with whom he has sired 100 children.

Mr Zakayo notes that he is too smart for one wife, and when he first got married in 1987, he felt he needed more.

“A head like mine cannot be managed by one woman. It is like a big sack of maize that has to be divided into smaller parts for ease of movement. I need many wives so that they can manage the amount of brains and ideas in my head,” he told the Nation.

Though not wealthy, Mr Zakayo grows some maize in his half-acre parcel of land to feed his family.

Additionally, he does menial jobs, including landscaping activities to supplement the farm produce. Like an unquenchable thirst, Mr Zakayo notes that he still wants to keep adding more wives.

“All my children of school-going age attend school. I toil daily to raise money to ensure they are in school to get an education for their future,” he says.

Further, all the wives live in harmony with them, intimating that their husband treats them all equally.

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Jehovah Wanyonyi

Mikaili Jehovah Wanyonyi was either 91 or older when he passed on. Having breathed his last in 2015, ‘Jehovah Wanyonyi’ claimed to be a god of several souls in Bungoma, Kakamega, and Uasin Gishu counties.

According to the Nation, Wanyonyi started a sect that came to be known as the “Lost Israelites” in 1956. Locals called the faithful “Basiraeli” even though they did not follow Judaism.

In the early 60s, he started believing he had the power to cure diseases, thought he was immortal and declared himself the true “God”.

His religious symbols included a red garb of a robe, a black or gold cloth tied around his waist and a red hat with artificial hair attached to it from the inside.

He rarely removed the hat, but a balding head could be revealed when he did. His followers would donate land and other property to the sect, believing he had the power to heal.

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