Murang'a woman,73, seeks to divorce husband of 55 years

Thursday November 23 2017

Mrs Marcella Mukami Kinyugo, 73, is wheeled out of a Kangema court on November 23, 2017 where she filed a divorce case after 55 years of marriage. PHOTO | NDUNG’U GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP


After 55 years of marriage, Marcella Mukami Kinyugo, a retired teacher, has decided to divorce her husband citing mistreatment by her co-wife.

The 73-year-old woman from Kiria-ini Town in Mathioya, Murang’a County wants a Kangema court to dissolve her marriage with Peter Kinyugo, 76.

She also wants half of the family property and that her husband be compelled to pay the cost of the suit.

Ms Mukami told the Kangema magistrate’s court that they were living happily as a wife and a husband since September 16, 1962 after a church wedding at Kiriaini Catholic Church until five years ago when the man stopped fulfilling his duties as a husband.


“Problems in my marriage started six years ago when Mr Kinyugo would stay at my co-wife’s house for weeks without coming to my house which is in the same compound,” She told the court, adding that she did not understand why her husband decided to leave her yet they had not quarrelled.


However, she said her husband, a former teacher and chief, married another woman around 1984 without her approval but she did not complain as he fulfilled his duties.

The ailing granny who had been brought to the court in a wheelchair accused her husband of neglecting her after she got ill, leaving their only daughter to look after her and cater for her medical bills.

“I want the court to hear my prayer and order that I get a share of our property so that I can get money to foot my medical bill since my pension is not enough to cater for my personal upkeep,” she pleaded with the court.

Ms Margret Nyangati of Muchoki Kang’ata Advocates is representing her.


On his part, her husband, through lawyer Waiganjo Gichuki, dismissed the claims saying that he has been treating both wives equally.

He refuted claims that he did not consult the wife while marrying his second wife, Trizah Mulinge.

“Ms Mukami was actively involved in the process of the customary marriage of my client’s second wife,” Mr Waiganjo said.

An altercation arose in the court when Mr Waiganjo produced some photos and gave them to Ms Mukami, a move that was objected to by her lawyer who accused him of irregularly introducing the photos in court.

The move forced Judge Dennis Kivuti to adjourn the hearing until January 18, 2018 to give the defence a chance of filing the photos in court in accordance with the law.