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Nyeri granny chases away husband after pocketing his Mau Mau windfall

It is unusual for a woman to kick out her husband from home, but in a village at Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri County, this was witnessed.

An elderly woman aged 80, Mrs Thaderinah Wanjiru, kicked out her husband Lawrence Kairianja after the two received compensation paid out last year by the British government to Mau Mau veterans.

The two, who have seven children together, received a total of Sh400,000, although it is alleged that Mrs Wanjiru is the one who deposited the whole amount in her bank account.


Soon afterwards, the two began incessant quarrels and fighting. The man claims his wife denied him food and forced him to sleep outside.

According to one of their children Mr Bernard Mwangi, their mother has been colluding with four of her children to attack Mr Kairianja time and again, ordering him to pack his belongings and leave the home.

“Ever since they received the Mau Mau compensation, my mother has been beating and sending away my father. She recently colluded with my siblings, they sent away my father and warned him to never return,” said Mr Mwangi.

Mzee Kairianja has been staying with his neighbor Bernard Wanjohi for a month now, after he was kicked out of his home by her wife and some of his children.


On Thursday, villagers who were perturbed by the incident came together to construct a house for the old man in his piece of land.

One her side, Mrs Wanjiru said she still loves her husband, but added that earlier in their marriage while working in Nairobi, the man had a tendency of not coming back home.

She also recounted that her husband has been hard-headed and on numerous occasions never gave her an ear.