A Kenyan student in a love affair with a separated Italian woman now wants Sh50 million in compensation.
Billy Graham Olang, 32, fell in love with Nathalie Amiot, 52, in 2011 but the blossoming love was deflated three years later in 2014 after Nathalie’s ex-husband Mario Margiotta, 64, filed for divorce, consequently hurting their affair.
Olang is currently jobless and lives in Umoja, a downgrade from the upmarket suburb where he enjoyed love and good life. He is now struggling to make ends meet and blames his fate on Margiotta who has since relocated to Egypt, though the divorce case is still pending in High Court.
Olang says the case was unjustified after an Italian court granted separation of the two Italians in 2011. He says it has strained his bond with her lover Nathalie and dismantled advanced steps for him to have a wife.
“This ruined my marriage with Nathalie, affected my university education which she was paying for, and forced her to kick me out of our matrimonial home in Golf Villas along Ngong Road.
I am depressed and living badly in Eastlands. When I compare my past life and love around me, I feel like I am living in the cold streets,” says Olang.
He claims he has been so depressed that he has been attending counselling sessions for a year.
The Maseno University student has through Lumumba & Lumumba Advocates joined the divorce case No. 88 of 2014 in the High Court between his lover and Margiotta.
In a letter dated October 2016 and sent to Margiotta’s lawyer Firdosh Ebrahim Jamal, he says the case filed by Margiotta was “false and has caused unrepairable damages to my reputation, health, university education and work”.
He adds: “I hereby demand Mario Margiotta to compensate me fully for all the damages I have incurred as result of this...by paying me the sum amount of Sh50,000,000 and all accumulative damages that shall occur in all future damages related to this matter, failure to which I will institute legal proceedings against Margiotta and all the time holding him accountable for payment of damages and costs of the proceedings”.
Margiotta and Nathalie wedded on September 3, 1994 in France and three years later, sired a boy child; Lorenzo Margiotta (Now 19-years old). But they separated in February 2011 before relocating to Kenya separately on February and March 2016.
Margiotta moved to Kenya to work for an international research company but Nathalie though unemployed was entitled to monthly maintenance of 2, 500 euros (Sh275, 225).
Olang met Nathalie in Mombasa where she promised him extravagant life, financial support as well financing his university education. The affair had picked and rolled on well for three years and a wedding in Paris, France was in the offing.
“I even took her to my parents and elders in Nyawita, Kisumu and they okayed the relationship,” he says.