White snake that ‘told man’ to marry sister-in-law
Posted Sunday, March 13 2011 at 18:31
When a woman saw a white snake in her kitchen, little did she know that the reptile would call for marriage celebrations between her husband and another woman, a week later.
On March 5, she spotted the snake on one of the posts holding the roof of her grass thatched kitchen in their home in Busonga Village of Budalang’i.
Villagers tried to kill the snake, but they could not reach it as the roof is high, and villagers feared the pure white serpent. They smoked the house for three days, but the snake refused to leave.
Some claimed their hands lacked the strength to kill the serpent. Two days later, the snake had not crept away, so the woman decided to call her husband to inform him of the visitor.
Surprisingly, Mr Evans Wandera Obuoga who lives and works in Nairobi told them to stop bothering it, claiming that he knew the snake.
In no time, the snake became famous in Nyanza and Western provinces, prompting the home to become an attraction site. Hundreds flocked daily to look at the stubborn, shiny white snake.
A week later, the media was curious too. The Nation found hundreds of people queuing to view the snake that stared back calmly from the roof.
Visitors paid Sh20 before entering the traditional kitchen. They said the snake had stayed without food for a week.
When he arrived from Nairobi where he works as a medical representative, Mr Wandera was not hesitant to tell the media that his dead wife, with whom he bore a son, was sending a message to him.
“When I heard that a snake was found in my kitchen, I called some of my relatives to go and try to scare it away, but all the efforts to get rid of it did not succeed,” Mr Wandera said.
After thinking about it, he recalled that his dead wife had said she would come back to haunt him, if he did not marry her sister who was taking care of their son.
“I bore the boy with the woman just after my high school, but his mother died when he was just three months. I took him to his grandmother to take care of him, but after two years, his maternal uncles came for him.”
The now famous Wandera, claims that after marrying his current wife a year later, the child’s mother started haunting him. “There are times she appears in matatus and sits with me and sometimes, the only human being I could see around is her.”
He says there were times when he wanted to take a motorcycle and the woman appeared and occupied the seat and when he tries pushing her, he ends up falling.
Mr Wandera told the Nation that when his second wife refused to accommodate the boy, he decided to take him to a friend’s home in Kendu Bay.
On his way back, he claims, the boy’s dead grandfather appeared and sat with him and told him to marry his daughter as the boy’s mother had said.
He says every time the woman’s images disappeared, he would see a long, white snake creeping away.