Akinyi, former MP Raphael Wanjala cleared of case in India
Akinyi, former MP cleared of case in India
Wanjala-I can marry many wives
Polygamy is the way to go. That seemed to be the top message former assistant minister Raphael Wanjala had for his Budalang’i constituency supporters during a homecoming rally on Sunday.
And for the first time in public, Mr Wanjala said he was having an affair with Ms Joyce Akinyi — whom he referred to as Teresa — under customary law, and asked the media to keep off his private life.
Mr Wanjala said any 18-year-old Kenyan had a right to marry a woman of his choice without being condemned, adding that the law allowed a man to marry under church, customary and AG’s chambers.
“Kenyatta had five wives. The father of US president Barack Obama had several wives. I can marry as many wives as I want. No man can claim he does not have a girlfriend outside marriage,” he declared.
The former MP added that President Obama’s mother was the third and her son became the US president, arguing that leadership is not about how many wives one had.
Mr Wanjala added that in 1997, he had two wives and that did not stop him from being Budalang’i MP He insisted that his relationship with Ms Akinyi was not unusual.
“I did not meet an underage girl. I did not rape her. I talked to her and she accepted me and therefore the media should stay away from my private life,” he said amidst cheers.
His wives Josephine and Veronica were not present. And Ms Akinyi, who had eagerly been expected to grace the occasion, did not show up.
Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo also later said he had three wives, and polygamy should not be trivialised.
Feeling, perhaps, that he had done justice to polygamy as a legitimate institution, Mr Wanjala turned to his stint behind bars in an Indian jail. He told residents how he was arrested while carrying Sh12 million in India, insisting that he was on a business trip.
At the start, there was confusion after it emerged that the provincial administration had cancelled the meeting and sent three lorries full of riot police from Kakamega.
Area DC Mabeya Mogaka said he was not aware that the meeting had been banned and after some hours the anti-riot police from Kakamega left Port Victoria.
Police on the ground who talked to Nation on condition of anonymity said some hate SMSs had been sent to the provincial administration warning of bloodshed if the meeting was allowed to go on. However, the meeting ended peacefully.
Being a politician, Mr Wanjala did not end matters with the jail story. He asked politicians to stop 2012 succession politics and concentrate on improving the lives of Kenyans.
But birds of a feather tend to flock together. MPs Cyrus Jirongo (Lugari), Wakoli Bifwoli (Bumula), Eugene Wamalwa (Saboti) and former Webuye MP Saulo Busolo quickly concurred, saying political squabbles were creating a bad impression of the country and keeping off investors.
The Bumula MP accused some politicians for taking the President and the Prime Minister hostage at the expense of serving Kenyans.
Mr Jirongo accused the Government of selling public resources and parastatals to finance its activities and wondered what they would sell in future to build roads.
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A court has ordered the arrest of businesswoman Joyce Akinyi, two weeks after she returned from an Indian jail.
Kibera Senior Resident Magistrate Cosmas Maundu issued the warrant after Ms Akinyi failed to appear in court to answer to charges.
She is accused of creating disturbance at Deep West Resort club in Lang’ata, Nairobi, last Tuesday.
It is alleged she assaulted her estranged husband Anthony Chinedu, calling him a drug dealer and throwing bottles of beer at him.
Court prosecutor Joseph Musyoka requested for a mention of the case in two weeks, saying the file was forwarded to the AG for advice.
The court heard that police could not trace Akinyi at her known residence. Chinedu is listed as the first witness in the case. Others are to be stated. The two have hogged headlines over love gone sour, which has culminated in battle over how to share family property.
Akinyi spent six months in an Indian jail, where she was jailed alongside former Assistant Minister Raphael Wanjala.
Meanwhile, a warrant issued for the arrest of Wanjala has been lifted.
On Monday, Nairobi Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei lifted the warrant after he was informed the former MP did not attend court because he was in an Indian jail from last October and only returned last week.
Wanjala was being sought to answer to assault charges. He allegedly attacked NTV cameraman Mustafa Mwalimu on July 8, last year at The Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, after being filmed in connection with a love triangle involving Akinyi.
He denied the charges on July 27, and was released on a cash bail of Sh20,000 pending hearing and conclusion of the case.
However, before the trial could kick off, Wanjala and Akinyi travelled to India, where they were arrested and arraigned in court.
His advocate Paul Onduso informed the court that when he travelled, his passport was confiscated and could therefore not travel home.
State prosecutor Robert Kyaa objected to the lifting of the warrant of arrest.
“His passport was retained by authorities in India pending finalisation of Customs matters, with which he was charged. He learnt of the warrant and expressed desire to present himself before court,” Mr Onduso said. Mutembei lifted the warrant and directed the case be heard on May 18.
Season 2 of Akinyi Chinedu Drama: Straight from Jail
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – Drama unfolded at a city restaurant on Tuesday when controversial businesswoman Joyce Akinyi confronted her estranged husband Antony Chinedu, slapped him and hurled insults at him.
Ms Akinyi, who arrived in Kenya at the weekend from India where she spent six months in jail alongside former Assistant Minister Raphael Wanjala, lashed out at the Nigerian as he was speaking to reporters and went on to accuse him of being responsible for the troubles she underwent in India.
She was incensed by Mr Chinedu’s remarks to journalists that the disputed property “must be shared equally among them.”
“Akinyi has been my wife for 10 years. We accumulated property with her, there is no problem in sharing it. That is what I want, but she does not,” Mr Chinedu said before Ms Akinyi confronted him and started insulting him.
“Chinedu has been celebrating because I was away. He took over my property when I was in India but now that I am back, he must vacate,” she said.
The latest controversy between the two follows Mr Chinedu’s decision to lease the New Deep West Resort Club to a local investor.
When asked why he leased the property, Mr Chinedu said: “This is our business. There was nothing wrong in leasing it because it had been neglected. Workers had not been paid and the place was in a total mess.”
On her part, Ms Akinyi said Mr Chinedu was trying to defraud her of the property, which is one among many at the centre of an ownership tussle between the two.
On arrival from India, Ms Akinyi said that she found the property under the management of a businessman, whom she has vowed to evict.
On Tuesday morning, police officers from various units stormed the premise and conducted a raid, in an apparent search for contraband goods.
Lang’ata divisional Police chief Patrick Mang’oli said that they were looking for various items, including illicit drugs.
“We were looking for many things, including drugs but in the process we have found some motorcycle tyres which have been surrendered to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for verification,” he said.
During the search that lasted three hours, Mr Chinedu and Ms Akinyi – who have divorced proceedings pending in court – were present.
The police later towed away two vehicles, which were found parked in the compound.
“These vehicles do not appear genuine and that is why we have taken them for further inspection,” Mr Mang’oli said.
Ms Akinyi and Mr Wanjala were detained at New Delhi’s airport in September last year for failing to declare Sh7.5 million that they were carrying in hard cash.
Ms Akinyi said that they were both released following the intervention of former Foreign Affairs Minister Raphael Tuju.
“It is Tuju who helped us, it is not Prime Minister Raila Odinga or Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula,” she said and narrated how she ‘led a comfortable life in the Indian jail’.
“Indian jails are very nice. I was in a self-contained room. That place is not like Kenya. There is no congestion there and we even ate good food,” she said in reference to the time she spent at India’s largest Prison in Tihar.
But hope for great photos faded when minutes turned into an hour without any trace of the couple and word filtered in that Wanjala and his sweetheart could have avoided coming through Nairobi.
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