Despite the passing of the Marriage Bill into law, a couple of men still run secret families. This came to light recently after a woman in Kisumu County nearly dispatched her co-wife to the other world, after she rudely discovered her husband had a secret family.
It all began after a secretly polygamous mechanic was involved in an accident at the garage where he works, forcing him to be admitted at a local hospital. Apparently, a car engine he was repairing fell on his leg, seriously injuring him. His friends rushed him to hospital.
His second wife, who coincidentally lives near the hospital, was the first one to arrive at the hospital, minutes after he informed her. Unfortunately for him, fellow mechanics had conveyed the bad news to his first wife who hurriedly made her way to the hospital.
The two women met at the bedside and none suspected anything, as each thought the other was a relative. But after a while, tension began building up and the two women started exchanging suspicious looks.
The first wife set the ball rolling when she sympathised with her husband by quipping: “Ei yawa chuora, to ang’o ma otimi ma koro gini e dwa mana ng’oli ni yawa jowa (Oh my husband, what happened to you that nearly incapacitated you”)
The two-timing man smelt a rat, and knew it was just a matter of time before dung hit the fan! He moved fast to try and set the record straight. “Ineno dhakoni, en chiega, agoyo mos ahinya ok ende anyisi chon, koro un tee un monad (You see this woman, she is also my wife. Am sorry I didn’t inform you early enough, but you are both my wives),” he stammered to his first wife.
The mechanic’s first wife did not seem moved. She remained calm and, upon sensing danger, the second wife, who admitted to this writer that she knew about the first wife, excused herself, claiming she was going to prepare the man a meal so as to be on time for the evening visit.
The first wife also excused herself, promising to return in the evening, during visiting hours.
From their body language, the man suspected something sinister was afoot, and it was just a matter of time before hell broke loose. He quickly called them back and pleaded with them not to antagonise each other. “Jaoda, asewachonu, ute un monda lakini aneno ka udawi gore, kik ugore, bed uru piny mondo ung’ere, ka aseok ee osuptal wabiro loso (Hey, my wives, as I have confessed, you are both mine, but from the look of things you people are going to fight. Please, get to know each other and don’t fight. Once I am discharged, we will discuss this matter further),” he pleaded.
The first wife, in a well-calculated move, warmed up to her co-wife and even agreed to show her where she lives. The two agreed to have lunch at the first wife’s house, and get to know each other better.
At her house, the first wife ducked into the kitchen on the pretext of preparing lunch for her co-wife, only to emerge later with sizzling cooking oil on a frying pan that she splashed in her co-wife’s general direction.
Luckily for the co-wife, she ducked and bolted out of the house; surviving the deadly attack, save for a few burns on her arms and chest.
The co-wife was rushed to hospital where she is currently nursing the injuries.
Meanwhile, the man’s first wife is on the run after the local authorities launched a manhunt for her.