All changed into the set for the marriage between Benjamin Malonza and Faith Nthoki Mutua. Guests had begun flocking African Inland Church (AIC) in Kikima, Mbooni, the marriage’s venue.
Meanwhile, Faith was busy setting very last touches on her make-up. This became Saturday.
It changed into one of these clean seconds for the couple, the families and pals after months of planning.
However, to the disappointment of everybody, a man, said to be Faith’s former husband, obtained courtroom orders preventing the nuptials.
A man diagnosed as Mwavu Kaleli, and reportedly despatched with the aid of Makindu Law Court, delivered a court order to the church, forcing the officiating minister to name off the wedding.
Guests had been barred from getting access to the wedding venue and people who had arrived ordered out by way of a contingent of cops.
The Reverend Samuel Mwania knowledgeable guests that the marriage was canceled until a case in court docket might be heard and determined.
“The courtroom order shows a man who claims to be the ex-husband to the bride went to Makindu Law Courts on April 25, 2019, with an intention of stopping our wedding ceremony and an order changed into granting and which has been served to us these days,” said a distraught Malonza.
“However, my call does no longer seem inside the court docket papers. The man or woman indicated there may be Benjamin Matata. I don’t have an idea who he’s, however, we’ve called off the marriage despite the fact that to avoid troubles and wait for the reality to come out,” Malonza informed The Standard.
Elders intervened to have the wedding move on as planned however their efforts yielded not anything.
Malonza wondered why his fiancee’s alleged husband needed to wait till the marriage day to serve them the courtroom order.
He said their wedding turned into announced at his bride’s church at AIC Kaseveni in Makueni sub-county and his home church at Isyukoni in Mbooni sub-county several times, as required via the law, but nobody antagonistic it.
“We made numerous bulletins earlier than going to the workplace of the Attorney General for a marriage notification. This grievance is horrid,” said Malonza, an electronics engineer.
He brought: “This is malicious. Why might he serve us the court papers on the wedding day? We had already achieved the whole lot – we had made all of the bookings and guests invited. About Sh2 million has long past into the wedding.”
The complainant turned into identified as Jackson Muthoka, a navy police officer.