A church wedding turned chaotic in Nakuru on Saturday when a 21-year-old woman stormed the ceremony claiming to be the wife of the groom.
The wedding between Mr Dennis Kinyanjui and Ms Agnes Wangari was being held at ACK Jehovah Shammah Nakuru in Pipeline area when the irate woman, Ms Agnes Wanjiru, stormed the church in the company of her mother and friends.
Ms Wanjiru claimed she is six-months pregnant and has been cohabiting with Mr Kinyanjui for the past three years. She claimed the groom had committed to take care of her and their unborn child.
Drama ensued when she was barred from accessing the church compound, leading to a bitter exchange of words.
Those inside the church blocked the group accompanying Ms Wanjiru from accessing the premises and she had to jump over the gate in her bid to stop the wedding.
As the confrontation was taking place, the wedding was conducted hurriedly inside the church where the clergy pronounced the two as husband and wife.
Ms Wanjiru queried why the wedding was conducted at ACK Jehovah Shammah and not at the Saints Prayers Fellowship situated in Ponda Mali, Nakuru where they have been members in the past year.
The Saints Prayers Fellowship church Bishop Stephen Kariuki had received a letter from Ms Wanjiru’s lawyer to stop the wedding.
Although the wedding went on under the leadership of a pastor identified as Livingstone Kimani of Heroes of Faith Church Ponda Mali Nakuru, the two factions extended the bitter exchange outside the church.
The confrontation left some of the church’s window panes broken.
After the wedding, the bride and the groom were whisked away in vehicles at high speed.
According to Ms Wanjiru’s mother, Ms Lucy Wanjiku, the groom had visited her with his family to ask for her daughter’s hand in marriage and both families had consented to the union.
“We were yet to make plans to fully formalise their marriage when we were informed that he was planning to marry another woman,” said Ms Wanjiku.
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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