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Two Kenyan men have signed an agreement to "marry" the same woman

Steven Mwendwa said he would pay the bride price

The woman had been having affairs with both men for more than four years and apparently refused to choose between them.

 

The agreement sets out a rota for Sylvester Mwendwa and Elijah Kimani to stay in her house and states they will both help raise any children she bears.

 

Lawyers said their "marriage" would be legally recognised if they could prove polyandry was part of their custom.

 

'Jealousy'

Mr Mwendwa and Mr Kimani drafted the agreement after realising they had both been having an affair with the woman in Mombasa County for more than four years, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports.

Community policing officer Adhalah Abdulrahman persuaded the two men to marry the woman after he saw them fighting over her, it reports.

"We have agreed that from today we will not threaten or have jealous feelings because of our wife, who says she's not ready to let go of any of us," the agreement says, Kenya's NTV station reports.

"Each one will respect the day set aside for him. We agree to love each other and live peacefully. No-one has forced us to make this agreement," it adds.

Mr Mwenda said her parents had given their blessing, while he is planning to pay the bride price.

The woman, a widow with two children, did not want to be named.

Kenyan family lawyer Judy Thongori told the Daily Nation that the law does not explicitly forbid polyandry - a woman having more than one husband.

"The laws we have do not talk about it but for such a union to be recognised in Kenya, it has to be either under the statutory law or as customary marriage. The question we should ask now is whether these people come from communities that have been practising polyandry," she is quoted as saying.

Polygamous marriages often take place in Kenya, but wife-sharing is unheard of, correspondents say.

BBC

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Comment by Christer on September 19, 2013 at 17:18

Wehu kweli

Comment by Swedi on August 28, 2013 at 12:20

Huyu mwana dada ameona wanaume wanaweza kuoa wawili kwa nini yeye asiolewe na wawili!! Kwa mda wa miaka miwili alokua nao atakua ameshawapima uwezo kajua hawatamtatiza.. kuna vidume mmoja mtoto wa kike anatamani game iishe maana anashindwa kuendelea kuhimili na baada ya hapo wiki nzima hataki kuguswa anatoneshwa!!!!  haya uwe nao wawili wa design hiyo

Comment by manka on August 27, 2013 at 20:56
hawa wehu tu!
Comment by Mjata Daffa on August 27, 2013 at 9:51

mm sishangai naona nikatika kutimiza maandiko tu. ushauri wangu wa bure jamani tukubali dunia imekwesha mjanja aanze kujindaa na maisha yakesho tukiwa hai tutao mengi zaidi ya haya. 

Comment by Agnes Nyakunga on August 27, 2013 at 9:26

jamani mwenyewe kaamua na imani kazi ataiweza!

Comment by Omary on August 27, 2013 at 7:19

Hawa wakupima si wazima hata kidogo je akizaliwa dogo ni wa nani? isee kweli wagonjwa ila wanatembea wawahishwe hospital ya vichaa haraka wasije wakadhuru watu.

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Comment by Tulonge on August 26, 2013 at 22:34

Hapo ndo itakua kimbembe@ Mama

Comment by Mama Malaika on August 26, 2013 at 22:09
Tulonge wee acha tu! Ila kuna hatari hao wanaume nao wakaongeza nyumba ndogo
Comment by Tulonge on August 26, 2013 at 22:00

Huyo mwanamke anatakiwa awe fit kweli. Awe na uweza wa kumudu dozi nzito ya vidume viwili.Maana inaweza ikawa kutwa mara tatu kama dozi ya panadol

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