Caroline Nang’onda Simiyu, 49, photo
Caroline Nang’onda Simiyu with Cows at home. FILE | MMX


Caroline Nang’onda Simiyu, 49,  from Shangazi Village in Marakusi, Lugari Sub-County, Kakamega County startled neighbours on February 9, after taking her husband’s cows to her parents’ farm as dowry.

The woman lamented that she had stayed with her husband for years, yet he was hesitating to reward her parents for supporting her up.

Caroline Nang’onda Simiyu took her husbands' two cows when he was away. One of the cows was expectant.

Augustine Muhanji, Caroline’s husband, said that they have lived together for 20 years, and are blessed with four children. Their fifth child is deceased.

Mr Muhanji said he was preparing to offset a dowry balance before his wife took matters into her own hands.

Muhanji’s father, Nathan Muhanji, said it was fronting Luhya tradition for Caroline to take a pregnant cow as dowry.

“It is a taboo for a cow given as dowry while pregnant to give birth at the woman’s homestead,” said Mzee Nathan.

“My son had already taken two cows to Caroline’s home as dowry, and was in the process of taking another two when his wife decided to take matters into her own hands,” Augustines' father Nathan added.

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