University don seeks to divorce hubby for not eating her food; he only eats food cooked by househelp
Laikipia University lecturer Dr Esther Wanjiru has moved to court seeking separation from her husband of 36 years, George Antony Kinuthia, over claims that he has stopped eating her food. In a petition for separation filed in July 2020, Dr Wanjiru pleads with the court to certify her case as urgent, saying Kinuthia has been assaulting her and that she now fears for her life.
On February 23 when the case came up for hearing, she said Kinuthia moved to the United States of America (USA) in 2002 where he stayed until 2020. Kinuthia allegedly moved to the USA to seek medical attention due to a heart condition. While there, he got a well-paying job through which he used to support his family by paying school fees, providing for their basic needs, and funding family vacations.
He visited the family in 2006, 2010 and 2013 for a few weeks and finally moved back in 2020. The two have been unable to have a healthy relationship with each other, she says.
“I welcomed him when he came back, (but) he stopped eating my food and talking to me. He said my food caused him stomach problems. I realised he only took (sic) food from the house help and not me,” stated Wanjiru.
Wanjiru claimed her husband, a businessman, left the country while their three children were of tender age and she was left as the sole breadwinner. In her court papers, she said she supported her husband by selling a plot given to her by her late parents.
She informed the court that her husband stopped talking to her and kept following her to the kitchen to see what she was doing. She said the man had an affair with their house help between the year 1999 and 2002 and that at one point, she found him holding her.
Court documents filed by Wanjiru indicate that they got married under Kikuyu Customary Law in 1985. The marriage was later solemnised in 1993 at the Njoro Presbyterian Church of East Africa.
“George was suspicious. He kept following me to the kitchen to see what I was doing. It means the respondent doesn’t talk to me. Our home does not have peace,” she added.
Doktari says her boo stopped being intimate in 2010. Efforts to have the church intervene, she said, failed to bear fruits. She added that she has absolute fears that her husband will harm her as he has threatened to do so even in the presence of her worker and their grandson.
“Due to the constant harassment and assault, I now fear for my life after the persistent threats and given the wave of domestic violence being experienced in the country,” she stated in her court papers.
Wanjiru said she has no peace and has been under mental stress and anguish. She wants the court to issue orders barring her husband from assaulting her and or threatening her in any way.
“I also pray for judicial separation with the respondent (Kinuthia). That for the sake of peace, the honourable court do give the parties orders of separation to enable me to live a normal life devoid of assaults and threats,” read part of documents The Nairobian obtained.
Kinuthia in his response termed the allegations raised by her wife as untrue.
“I have never been adulterous. During one of my visits home two years ago, the petitioner (Wanjiru) denied me conjugal rights. I stopped eating petitioner’s food since she did not want me to come back to Kenya. Petitioner denied me conjugal rights since 2013,” said Kinuthia during the hearing of the case.
He further denies that his wife was the sole breadwinner as he used to send money for school fees and other basic needs. He denies being cruel, abusive, insulting, or threatening to physically harm the wife in any way adding that his wife is the one who has been cruel towards him. He claims Wanjiru has kicked him out of their matrimonial home without considering his medical condition. He pleads with the court to dismiss the suit.