A middle-aged man from Kwa Karama area in Nyali, Mombasa County has evicted his wife and children from their family house after the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 presidential vote.
The man sent his wife, Hawa Gurah, and two children packing on Friday, August 11, immediately after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, announced that President Kenyatta had edged out Raila Odinga by more than 1.4 million votes in the race for State House.
Ms Gurah said: “My husband claims that Raila Odinga won the last three presidential races, but his victory was snatched in all the three attempts. He thinks Nyali residents and I did not vote for Odinga. I think he has lost his mind. He walks around carrying a spear, and is constantly insulting people. Yesterday (Thursday, August 17), he insulted my family.
“He threw my two daughters and I out of the house after IEBC declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner in the presidential election. He told me he will take my children to Kisumu.”
Ms Gurah says since Friday, August 11, her husband has exhibited aggressive and violent behaviour.
“He attempts to push walls; he breaks the window panes; he smashes the television set; disconnects the electricity.”
According to Hawa’s neighbour, Bernard Otieno, Hawa’s husband says he will resume exhibiting a normal behaviour “only if Odinga is declared president”.
“He lost his mind after Uhuru’s victory. He has broken nearly everything in the house – from the TV set to utensils. He walks around carrying a spear, a whip and a long stick. He does not want anyone to go near him; not even his wife. He says he only wants Odinga to be declared winner in the August 8 poll,” said Mr Otieno.
Attempts to deceive Hawa’s husband that the IEBC had, after recounting the votes, declared Odinga the winner in the race for presidency bore no fruits, says Hawa’s neighbour, Josephine Auma.
“His wife asked me to gather three other women and deceive her husband that Odinga had been declared winner in the race for presidency. I was hesitant to give in, given the man had refused to listen to his wife. Furthermore, he was armed.
“We urged Hawa to deceive her husband that, after the IEBC reviewed the votes cast, Odinga was declared winner. The man did not believe her, insisting he must watch Chebukati make the annunciation on national TV,” said Ms Auma.
Hawa has urged authorities to help her admit her husband at the Port Reitz mental hospital in Mombasa, where he will be examined and his situation monitored closely.