A widow in Kirigiti, Kiambu County, is crying for justice after her property was allegedly grabbed by her in-laws.
Pauline Wangui’s woes started when her husband succumbed to COVID-19 in 2020. After her husband contracted the novel coronavirus, Wangui was hopeful that he would recover, but that was not the case.
In an interview with a local TV station, Wangui could not hold back her tears while narrating how his late husband’s relatives, almost immediately, stormed her home, dispossessing all the property she had amassed with her husband.
“My husband died on a Saturday and on Sunday morning, his three brothers along with eight other young men ambushed me and blocked entrance at the gate, telling me to hand over all my husband’s documents including title deeds,” Wangui narrated.
Like a plot lifted from a movie script, Wangui said that the in-laws accused her of killing their brother, and they wanted to kick her out of their life completely.
“Aren’t you the one who killed our brother?” One of her brothers-in-law accused her.
Wangui says that the in-laws’ actions came as a surprise to here because she enjoyed a good relationship with them ever since she was married to the family.
“I got married at the age of 18 and have been married for 20 years. I lived with these people thinking they loved me. My mother-in-law and I were very close. Whatever food she harvested she would send me some of it,” a forlorn Wangui told.
The situation was dire as her children did not attend the father’s funeral because of the accusations levelled against her.
It is even more tormenting when one of her child keeps asking when her dad will be back, “whenever she sees his photos on my phone.”
Wangui had to start her life afresh again, and now she lives in rentals in Kirigiti, working as an employee in a salon.
She however said that she would not wish the same ordeal to happen to her in-laws or their children despite their heinous act.
Her consolation now comes from the Bible.
Exodus 22: 22-24, “You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child.”
“If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will come hot, and I will kill you with the sword, your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.”
In a sad tone, she says that she awaits for the Lord to help her get justice while she tries to make ends meet for her children.