Even as the people who attended celebrated with the couple, her non-appearance was the talking point, overshadowing everything else.
According to the groom, he was not a serial divorcee but it was the women who made him leave them. He could not tolerate their bad habits and instead of sleeping around, he thought it best to end the unions, he explained.
“These Swahili women are hectic to live with,” he told the men he was sitting with. “They talk a lot, they are always arguing with the neighbours over trivial matters and always reveal bedroom matters to anyone who can listen. They do not respect privacy.
“This one is different, she is humble and can cook as well,” he said to gay laughter. “With time, mama will accept it all.”
Hastily arranged weddings and short-lived unions, according to a tuk-tuk operator in the coastal town, are very common.