A senior citizen allegedly thrown out of his matrimonial home by the wife now claims his life is danger.
Michael Ndingori Mwaniki, 67, has been living in a rented house at the Githunguri shopping centre for the last six years after his wife, Lucy Wanjiku, reportedly kicked him out of their matrimonial home in Minja village.
He swears never to return home because the wife will kill him.
The old man claims that at the centre of their rocky marriage is the administration of a 25-acre piece of land left behind by his deceased mother, Edith Wanja.
Ndingori says his wife forged a will showing that the entire land belonged to her, adding that he is the only child of his late mother Wanja. His brother Chrispus Mwaniki Ndingori had died earlier.
“My trouble began after the death of my mother in 2010. I was shocked when my wife produced a forged will, indicating that she was the sole administrator of the land. I know my mother, there is no way she could have bequeathed the land to her daughter-in-law behind my back,” says the former employee of a listed utility company.
But the wife says her husband is trying to run away from his responsibilities, accusing Ndingori of abandoning the family and squandering his retirement benefits on women.
The 55-year-old woman denies forging the will.
“My husband is bitter that his mother allocated part of the land to me and her grandchildren. Claims that I will kill him are lies. I want him back home, even the children need him,” stated Wanjiku.
The inheritance dispute became the couple’s source of quarrels before the man was allegedly thrown out by the wife.
He claimed to have sustained serious injuries and reported the matter to police.
“But the police never acted. I have moved from office to office seeking justice, but to no avail,” he says. He accuses his wife of selling some of the family property and uprooting coffee plantations on a portion of the land.
The local security committee last month directed the man to return to his matrimonial home, assuring him of security. He was given up to May 11.
“They are telling me to return home after staying in the cold for about six years. The plot is to have my wife kill me. I won’t return home,” said Ndingori.
Wanjiku insist she harbours no grudge against her husband whom she is ready to welcome with open arms.
“Despite all troubles and embarrassments he has caused the family, he is still my husband whom I will respect to the grave,” the mother of six children promised.
According to Githunguri sub-county assistant commissioner, Ezekiel Kiplagat, the old man is not interested in an amicable solution.
“The mzee is giving misleading information. The truth of the matter is that we held a meeting comprising the district security committee, himself and his family members, where we arrived at the consensus that he should return home. We even offered to provide him with security,” explained Kiplagat.