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Apostle Kenneth Kiarie of God’s Covenant Holiness Church in Nairobi has called off his 87 days old marriage .
Sde reports that the 30-year-old ‘man of God’ sent his 23-year-old pregnant wife packing because of low tithe and congregation in his church since he married her. According to him, he hurriedly married Marion Wagitu “because being a pastor, I needed a wife officially married in church.” Adding that he borrowed money to finance their wedding which has now left him in debt. The pastor had met Marion when she attended his church and he saw her as a ‘humble rural girl‘.
Rumours are that the pastor plans to take another wife soon. The couple married April but trouble started even before the honeymoon was over. They both patched it from then until July, with both parties pointing accusing fingers at each other. Marion says he married Kiarie because he is a pastor, but their marriage has been a bumpy one, with Kiarie allegedly blaming her for the declining congregation numbers and tithe amounts in his church, because of her odd behaviours in and out of the church.
“He used to tell me that if I left, I would not get a husband, and that he had scores of beautiful girls hanging around him. He blames me over a Sh70,000 debt he incurred to fund the wedding. He claimed I threw hot tea and stove at him and attempted to beat him in front of his parents,” says Marion, who is now back at her village.
But Pastor Kiarie denied the accusation, saying:
“Actually, that was the third time I chased her and it has now been successful. She wanted to control me but that is not African. I said we rather separate than have one of us dead.”
Marion felt offended that Kiarie rarely funded her salon makeover sessions, while Kiarie says that:
“She even said I never bought her underwear. I don’t consider her sober and I want her sanity checked. I believe nobody can stay with her unless she changes. I did not want to send her away. I have never assaulted her, but being a pastor, everybody thinks I am the problem. A wife means a lot to a man, but Marion is not worth living with. She will harm me,”claims Kiarie.
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