By James Mwangi
A muscular and a notorious mugger in his late 30s has infuriated villagers by ‘inheriting’ a widow, her daughter and daughter-in-law.
Interestingly Ng’ang’a’s wife left him last year because of his terrible eating habits, alcoholism, tarnished name and meanness. When she bolted, he attempted to commit suicide.
“Imagine he used to eat most of the food in the house, leaving the child hungry. That is why his wife left him,” said an old friend.
However, it is his ‘new home’ and the manner in which he gained access that has raised moral and legal questions that have left both young and old trying to draw the line between reality and illusion.
The widow is a mother of three; a first-born son nicknamed ‘Bull’ (deceased) and two daughters. The son, who is Ng’ang’a’s age-mate, passed away last year in controversial circumstances, leaving behind a young widow. One of her daughters lives in Nairobi while the other is a single mother of two in the village.
Kikuyu adage goes, kihii gikuru no ta ithe (the eldest son is like the father), so Bull, in the absence of his father, became the hoarse voice in the homestead. Apparently, he was the fierce sentry watching out for mischievous louts plotting to ‘pluck apples’ in the home.
However, late last year, the brawny Bull sipped a little more than he should have. That night, on his way home, he apparently hit a tree ‘head-on’ and passed away instantly, or so the rumour mills said. Many other possible death causes flew from all directions but he was buried without a breakthrough, assuming someone bothered to investigate.??
But now, fresh rumours doing the rounds are that Ng’ang’a silenced him to get unlimited access to his mother, sister and wife. And truly the trio is drinking from same pot.
Village grapevine has it that he was among the people last spotted with Bull on the fateful night and that he allegedly crashed Bull’s head on a tree to create the impression of a fatal man-tree collision, after which he slipped out of the village for Nairobi.