Man exchanges wife’s dress for drink
By George Olwalo
In the newly created Uriri District, a mother of two quit a relationship she said has been full of many troubles and was headed for the worst.
She made this decision recently after her husband; an inveterate drunkard secretly took one of her best dresses and sold it to a liquor dealer in exchange for the illicit drink.
Sources say that the man discreetly took the dress, a nicely tailored free flowing kitenge and went to his usual drinking den not far away from the home. The woman came to realise the kitenge was missing a week after it was sold. No one around seemed to know where it had gone.
The husband suggested that she might have forgotten the dress in the fields after washing it. Though the man was a habitual drunk, the wife never suspected him because he had never sold any household item to satisfy his thirst.
Miraculously enough two weeks ago, the woman went to Rapogi market and spotted a woman who wore a dress similar to hers. She gathered enough courage and asked her where she got the dress and prove it was hers.
Though taken back by the question, the woman revealed how the dress owner’s husband (name withheld) had gone to her shop and offered to sell her the dress. When she saw that the dress fitted her well, she readily took the dress. She went ahead and even named those who witnessed the deal. In return she gave the man liquor worth Sh80.
"I need my dress back before I lose my head and start creating a fuss here," demanded the owner of the dress.
The commotion soon attracted a huge crowd at the market, many of whom supported the original owner of the dress. The besieged woman was forced to buy an ill-fitting dress and change at a friend’s room and give the kitenge back to the owner.
When the woman returned home with the dress, she hurriedly convened a family meeting with her in-laws and the husband. No one knew what the meeting was all about.
"Jowadwa aseko bedo ka aumo auma maricho kuom ngat ma dak go ni to kawuono ma ayudo ka nangana mageno emokawo ma omadho go kongo. We oteme dhako moro. (Kinsmen I have seen terrible things from your son but I kept quiet, but now that he has taken to selling clothes to buy liquor. This is too much, let him try another woman)," said the woman.
The in-laws pleaded with her to bear everything and let life continue. The man, embarrassed beyond measure took leave and returned in the middle of the night to an empty house. When villagers heard that the wife had left the man, they laughed and scorned him.
"This man is simply stupid. How can he exchange his wife’s dress for alcohol? I might be a drunkard but my family comes first," one was heard bragging.
Desperate times and desperate measuresRight from the day when one Mary Muthoni, a Mau Mau activist, chastised men to pass their trousers to women if they didn’t have the guts to fight for the release of jailed politician Harry Thuku, citizens have learnt to employ the most outrageous, even macabre forms of political protest.
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