Kakamega Woman Unties Husband’s Cows and Pays Her Own Dowry


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It’s a popular word among the ‘woke’ generation- DIY- “do it yourself.”

It’s a pretty straightforward-sounding concept. But “DIY” might conjure up totally different images for different people because really, it can be about so many things. And for one Kakamega woman, it means, ‘pay your own dowry.’

The middle-aged woman from Shangazi Village in Marakusi, Lugari Sub-County amused and petrified neighbors on Tuesday, February 9, when she took her husband’s cows to her parents’ homestead as dowry.

Caroline Nang’onda Simiyu took two cows when he was away with one being expectant. Cultural pundits aver that it was against Luhya customs for Caroline to drive off a pregnant cow.

According to K24 News, Augustine Muhanji, Caroline’s husband, confirmed that they have been living together for 20 years, and are blessed with four children. Their fifth child is deceased.

Muhanji said he was planning to offset a dowry balance before his wife took matters into her own hands.

Muhanji’s father, Nathan Muhanji- Caroline’s father-in-law was equally unamused

“My son had already taken two cows to Caroline’s home as dowry, and was in the process of taking another two when his wife decided to take matters into her own hands,” said the father-in-law.

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