NAIROBI: Two Kenyan men on Sunday agreed to share a woman who loves both of them in a written contract in which they vowed never to fight over her. All three are between ages of 25 and 31.
The pair from Kisimani in Kisauni, Mombasa County, made the deal after realising they have both been having an affair with the woman for more than four years.
Community policing officer Adhalah Abdulrahman said he came to know of the two during a fight. “I heard people fighting and went to check, but I was surprised to see two men fighting over a woman who is said to be a widow and a mother of twins. I tried solving the issue but they refused, each insisting he could not live without the woman,” said Abdulrahman.
When asked to make a choice, the woman said she could not live without either of the men. This made them agree to take turns to live with her.
Sylvester Mwendwa, one of the ‘husbands’, said they decided to share the woman with Elijah Kimani.
Mwendwa claimed he went to the woman’s parents and was given permission to live with her and pay bride price when he was ready.
According to police officer Abdulrahman, the other ‘husband’ was also allowed to live with her and pay the bride price when ready.
“I talked to both of them and they claim they love her equally and cannot live without her. I asked the woman to choose but she refused, saying ‘I cannot lose either of them, I love them both’”, said Abdulrahman.
The woman asked for anonymity.
Abdulrahman added that they approached his office with an agreement stating shifts in the house, respect for one another, and that if she gives birth they will both raise the child.
“We discussed everything and they agreed that even if the woman gives birth they will raise the child as their own since they have been taking care of the woman’s children together and paying her rent equally,” he revealed.
Locals, however, did not take the news kindly, saying the three should be taken to court.
“We have never heard of something like this in Kenya, it is uncouth, untraditional unbiblical and against the holy books, including the Koran. Why on earth would a woman be shared by two men? They should be taken to court and punished,” said Tumaini Juma, a Kisauni resident.
Whereas polygamy — one man having more than one wife — is legal in Kenya and widely practised by various communities, polyandry — one woman having more than one husband — is almost unheard of. (Courtesy Daily Nation)