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Married cheats stripped naked

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By | August 30th 2010

There was drama in Murumba village in Bungoma East District recently when a man was caught sleeping with a relative's wife.

The incident left many people baffled after it emerged the two had been having an affair for some time.

Relatives are said to have set a trap to catch the lovers after word went round that the two, who are separately married, have been involved in extra marital affairs.

A Mr Makori is said to have sneaked to his lover’s house as the rest of the family attended a traditional circumcision ceremony in the neighborhood.

However, the cheating woman’s brother-in-law secretly followed Makori and alerted the rest of the family when the suspected man entered the woman’s house.

Big fine

He was then confronted while in the act and stripped naked together with the woman before being locked inside the house.

Elders from the Bukusu community were quickly summoned to decide the matter as the entire village gathered to witness the unfolding drama.

The family of the husband whose wife was caught demanded that Makori pay a sheep, a cow and Sh20,000 fine.

After negotiations and consultations, the elders directed the accused man to pay a cow, a sheep and Sh5,000.

Carry beddings

The fine was paid and the accused man was set free. And in line with Bukusu customs, the man was forced to carry the beddings to his house.

He initially declined but was forced by villagers who said it is part of the cleansing ritual.

According to Mzee Husein Sifuma, 92, it was wrong for the offended family to demand money.

"According to our culture, people caught in such acts only pay a sheep and cow as fine," he said.

Mzee Sifuma blamed the young generation for disobeying cultural values and that is why there is an influx of disgraceful behaviour.

Meanwhile the disgraced wife will have to wait for her husband who works in Nairobi to return home before a final verdict about her is made.

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