Bishop Wangivi of Joy Springs Church in Kiambu, Kenya has been accused of snatching the wife of a man whose wedding he presided over.
The distraught husband, John Kanyua said he lost his wife of 26 years, Leah Wambui to the randy Bishop after he approached her to become an assistant pastor in his church. The businessman admitted not taking the Bishop's consistent admiration for his wife seriously until he took off with his wife.
Kanyua revealed that he got suspcious of his wife's amorous relationship with the Bishop after he started visiting his house in the morning, spending the entire day locked in with her. The Bishop however ran away with his wife after he sought the intervention of the local administration and members of the clergy.
“This fueled the issue further as the pastor later ran away with my wife and children and rented a house in a nearby market where they live,” he said.
He further disclosed that he has been contacted by his wife's parents to accept repayment of the dowry he paid to them to pave way for the new wedding of their daughter. Kanyua hower said he refused the offer.
“This is unacceptable and I wouldn’t sit back and watch someone take my family. If the government does not intervene, I will choose my ways. It has taken me a lot to grow the family all those years. I will not allow the wedding to continue. I can also seek legal redress. Let her stop soiling her name and ask for forgiveness, then I will take her back,” he said.
The Bishop's wife of 34 years, Agnes Wangivi also confirmed the incident. The mother of three recalled having Leah over for family dinners though in the absence of her husband and on invitation of her own husband.
"I strongly objected the appointment, but he was determined to have his way. I confronted Leah and threatened her not to play games with my husband. She looked innocent, and I gave in.
“ I started questioning their friendship. I confronted Kanyua to keep his wife away from my husband, but he seemed blindfolded. My husband developed cold feet on his family and ran away to Leah in 2015,” she said.
Agnes said she still cannot understand why her husband got tired of her despite the challenges they went through to build their lives in their younger years.
“We have gone through a lot when we started the church to grow it. To have all the property we have, we went through a lot, and then someone wants to throw it away by marrying a stranger. I can’t allow this,” she said.