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Helicopter bishop tells court he has new wife

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The presiding bishop of Helicopter Ministries, Mr Thomas Wahome Njuguna, who is embroiled in a matrimonial dispute with his wife says he is allowed to be a polygamist.

The clergyman says in court documents he has divorced his wife, Ms Leah Kasyoka Mueni, and has re-married. And he is only willing to pay Sh5,000 monthly as upkeep for her and the children.

He has disowned Ms Mueni and says she is no longer his wife. “Even if I had not divorced her under Kikuyu-Kamba customs, I am allowed to be polygamous but I chose to divorce her first and my only wife now is Berita Munywoki,” says Mr Wahome.

Traditional divorce

He says he went through a traditional divorce but a case he filed in April 2011 is still pending court.

He states categorically in the court documents that Ms Mueni is his ex-wife as he has already married another woman.

“As  a matter of fact,  I have moved on and married  Berita under Kikuyu-Kamba  customary rites,” Mr Njuguna says.

The bishop asserts that he is properly and legally married to Ms Munywoki. “Leah Kasyoka Mueni was my former wife and I do not see why she should bother with my marriage,” he states.

The bishop claims that he sought a divorce from the woman he married in 2005 under Kamba customary law because of her cruelty, a claim Ms Mueni denies.The bishop wants the court to allow him to pay only Sh5,000 as monthly as upkeep for his three children and wife.

He has appealed against a September 13 decision by a magistrate directing that he should pay the money and provide a vehicle for use by the wife and children.

He says he cannot afford to pay Sh300,000 which Ms Mueni is seeking and he does not own any of the motor vehicles she mentioned.

Mr Njuguna claims he is a pastor in the church, and not the owner as claimed by the wife. Mr Njuguna argues that Ms Mueni should pay her own rent and the Sh5,000 will be sufficient for the children’s needs.

Ms Mueni, an attendant at Kenya Duty Free at the airport, says Mr Njuguna is the founder and presiding bishop of Helicopter Ministries and is in a position to provide the children with the lifestyle they are accustomed to.

She claims that she has taken loans at work to help Helicopter Ministries, which started at Nairobi’s Kayole Estate, grow.

 

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