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Woman ejects husband of 63 years over KES 340K Mau Mau payout

27 February 2015, 09:17 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - An 80-year-old woman from Kibutio village in Mukurweini, Nyeri County, has ejected her husband of 63 years from their home after receiving KES 340 000 Mau Mau payout.

Lawrence Kairianja Gakuo, 83, and Thaderinah Wanjiru Kairianja, 80, started engaging in domestic wars last year after they received the funds from British government as compensation for tortures subjected to freedom fighters during colonial era.

The two, who have seven children, are said to have separated due to differences over management of the funds.

According to one of their children, Bernard Mwangi, Wanjiru had jointly with her four children assaulted Kairianja and subsequently ejected him from their home due to unknown reasons.

“Since they got the Mau Mau funds, my mother has been assaulting my father together with my three sisters and one brother. They also warned him not to come back,” said Mwangi.

The old man’s brother, Daniel Wanjohi, said Kairianja’s shoes and clothes were also set ablaze by his and children in efforts to frustrate him.

“He was ejected from his matrimonial home by his wife and children. He has been sleeping in a neighbour’s kitchen where he also receives food and other necessitates,” said Kairianja’s brother, Daniel Wanjohi.

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However, the local community led by Member of County Assembly, Kahiga Thieri, has volunteered to build Kairianja a two-roomed timber house, just a few meters from his marital home.

On her side, Wanjiru denied the allegations stating that she has been taking care of the old man and has never let him starve.

“I should be applauded for tolerating him all this time. He left me to look after the children for over a decade when he was working in Nairobi and only came home after retirement,” said Wanjiru.

Wanjiru further denied that she had ganged up with her children to assault the old man.

“We received the Mau Mau money and am the one who followed up the case. We have been using the money together to cater for our family needs,” said Wanjiru who was working at her farm while neighbours were putting up a shelter for her estranged husband.

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