By Silas Nyamweya
A young family in Saika Estate, Nairobi is in distress after the husband abandoned them three months ago.
Margret Wanjiru, the woman who was abandoned by her husband is now five months pregnant and has two children, a son and daughter, aged 9 and 3 years respectively.
The husband left in October last year (2019) after disagreement with the wife.
During his sudden departure, a neighbor who identified herself as Elizabeth Sila overhead the man known only as Paul Mwangi say that he has left his children playing and that, that was the last time he was seeing them.
“I have left my children playing and this is the last time I am here” the man was overhead saying.
Interestingly, he didn’t carry any luggage while going and those who saw him thought that he was just strolling by.
For the three months the man left, the family has been living from handouts by neighbors and members of the church which they attend.
The woman is unable to go out and fend for the children due to her pregnancy condition.
She also has an infection which has limited her capability to do even house chores.
Last week, they were thrown out of their single room house in Saika after the landlord lost his patience on rent arrears.
She claims that she has tried convincing the said landlord all along but it reached a point where he could no longer entertain any excuse.
“The landlord just told me that he had already lost much money over the months that I have failed to pay and recently, he just came to my house, ordered me out and closed it with two padlocks. I had no otherwise but to move out to the streets” Wanjiru told the Standard digital.
They slept on the streets of Saika Estate for some days after which a Good Samaritan identified as Elizabeth Sila, who knew the woman gave them a place they would be putting their heads on until they find assistance.
“I just don’t know what to do from here, I am just waiting to die but I am concerned about my children, if I die who will take care of them?” she tells this reporter adding that “if getting food in this house is a miracle, I just do not know what will happen next if this good Samaritan abandons us.
According to her, the husband disappeared when things became tough and it had become hard for him to manage the welfare of the family. She purports to have no idea about his current whereabouts.
However, when the Standard digital reached out to Mr. Paul Mwangi over phone, he claimed that indeed, things had become tough for him especially when his job deteriorated to the point being unable to pay rent.
According to him, he advised his wife that since matters were not good on their side, they should go to his rural home, settle and find a way forward afterwards. However, she refused, saying that she is used to city life and she could not fathom moving and living in the village. The confrontations over this matter reached toxic levels to the point where the wife could refuse opening the door for him when he had come from work.
“Nakuambia huyu bibi amenifanyia mambo ndugu yangu, imagine ilifika mahali ambapo ananifungia nje na nimekuja na shopping, kama ni wewe ungefanya aje? (I am telling you my brother this woman has done many bad things to me, there is even this day when I came with shopping and she refused opening the door for me, forcing me to sleep on the verandar through the night, what could you have done if it was you?) He questions adding that huyu bibi ni kisirani sana ( this wife is very nagging)”
Mr. Paul also adds that there is no time has he neglected the family but has requested them to sell their households and follow him to his rural home in Nakuru where he is currently based. Alternatively, she can also go to her maternal home which is just in Limuru, few kilometers from Nairobi.
In response to these claims, Wanjiru says that she is reluctant to go to her husband’s home because he doesn’t have a house yet.
“How can I go to his home when he doesn’t have a house, does he surely want me to go and live with his relatives?
Margret and her children