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Close shave for man who lusted after his son’s wife

By -PKEMOI NGENOH | June 10th 2013


Residents of a village in Kipkelion, Kericho County got shocked by a bizarre incident in which a young man shot arrows at his fleeing 67-year-old father for making sexual advances at his wife.

Dismayed villagers could not, at first, figure out why a young man would want to dispatch his father to the other world. It was not until neighbours’ convened an elders’ meeting to censure him that the cat was let out of the bag.


For a long time, close relatives and neighbours had been wondering why the old man’s four sons avoided staying or visiting their father while accompanied by their wives until the bizarre incident opened a can of worms, a source close to the family told Crazy Monday.

“It emerged that whenever the boys brought their wives home, the old man would approach the young women and demand to bed them claiming it was his special way to ‘welcome’ his daughter-in-law to the family, and shower them with blessings,” revealed the source who did not wish to be named.

However, the last born son — a carpenter in the family of five sons and two girls — found his fathers conduct reprehensible, suddenly understanding why his older brothers had mysteriously departed from the home in a huff and rarely visited.


According to our source, the youngster had returned home earlier that day from work, only to receive the news from his shocked two-weeks-old wife that his father had propositioned her and told her to expect him that night.

Upon receiving the strange reports, the junior grabbed a bow and a quiver of arrows from his bedroom and charged out of his hut in pursuit of his father who was herding goats in nearby field.

“Keron ra bunyot ab sina, kilenji ng’o kiamutyini kwondo (this enemy of an old man will know me today. Who told him I could share my wife with him?),” he was heard shouting as he ran towards his father.

Onlookers who swarmed the compound to rescue the old man at first thought the young man was under the influence of an illicit brew or bhang, or he was possessed or had some kind of mental illness or evil spirit.

“Had one of the arrows landed on the old man’s back, the son would not have been alive to see the following day. His father’s spit could have killed him according to Kalenjin beliefs,” said a furious elder.

Brave villagers, however, chased the young man down, grabbed him and whisked him away from the compound to cool down. But after elders and relatives met and discussed the issue, some started regretting why not even one arrow had landed on the lecherous old man’s head.

By the time of going to press, the old man had left to one of his brother’s homes in Kuresoi District, leaving villagers wondering whether he had solicited — or received — sexual favours from his other daughters-in-law.


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