In Kenya Groom arrested on wedding day after woman shows up in church claiming to be his wife

Lydia Achieng had showed up at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, informed the pastor and church members that the groom, Charles Manoa, was married to her

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Charles Manoa (right) with his wedding best Man inside a police car after his wedding at Prebytterian Church Of East Africa Elburgon on November 29,2015 by a woman who claimed to be his legal wife and had two children with him play

Charles Manoa (right) with his wedding best Man inside a police car after his wedding at Prebytterian Church Of East Africa Elburgon on November 29,2015 by a woman who claimed to be his legal wife and had two children with him

(Standard Digital Kenya)
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A woman in Kenya disrupted a wedding right in the middle of the ceremony  in a church in Elburgon, after she claimed to be the groom's wife.

Charles Manoa being led away by the police play

Charles Manoa being led away by the police

(Standard Digital Kenya)

 

Lydia Achieng had showed up at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA), informed the pastor and church members that the groom, Charles Manoa, was married to her.

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Angry church members had reportedly gotten hold of the woman who was carrying an eight-month-old baby boy, beating her while she was still giving evidence, Kenyan Newspaper Standard Digital reports.

Achieng told the church that her baby's father was the Manoa and they had a child previously who died during their two-yr relationship.

The groom's estranged wife play

The groom's estranged wife

(Standard Digital Kenya)

 

The pastors immediately separated themselves from the wedding, claiming that the groom and bride, Caro had hired the church hall for the wedding.

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“Even if the wedding proceeds, he remains my husband and the father of my children. He left us about a year ago and I only got wind of the wedding ceremony recently and lodged my complaint with the authorities,” Achieng told reporters.

Charles Manoa (right) with his wedding best Man inside a police car after his wedding at Prebytterian Church Of East Africa Elburgon on November 29,2015 by a woman who claimed to be his legal wife and had two children with him play

Charles Manoa (right) with his wedding best Man inside a police car after his wedding at Prebytterian Church Of East Africa Elburgon on November 29,2015 by a woman who claimed to be his legal wife and had two children with him

(Standard Digital Kenya)

 

When the matter started getting out of hand, police officers had intervened and arrested the groom. The bride was reportedly left standing there.

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The woman said her estranged husband is a Ugandan national who escaped into Kenya to hide, adding that he is an illegal immigrant.

“This person in the first place is a wanted man in Uganda. The area chief and Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida) and I should be heard,” she said.

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