A couple in Kiambu have finally gotten married after the man, who is a an ex prisoner at Kamiti Maximum Prison proposed over a Ksh 30 bob mutura.
John Muroki, 29, and Jane Muthoni, 29, met at rehab in Kiambu County where they had been placed by the County government in an effort to rehabilitate them.
They wedded a few days ago, and their wedding was funded by fellow recovering addicts plus a Sh100, 000 donation from Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu aka Baba Yao.
“We started chatting by the roadside where we were clearing bushes, but our relationship blossomed during rehab classes. One day, during lunch time, I told her that I was going to treat her.
She thought that I was joking! I took her to a mutura base, told the mutura guy to slice Sh30 worth of mutura for us and proposed.
She said “yes!” We celebrated with a cup of soup amid joy and laughter,”
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The two lovebirds lived two separate lives before they met. Muroki spent time at Kamiti Prison twice in 2010 when he was nabbed for transporting chang’aa from Mathare to Githunguri.
“I started drinking alcohol and smoking bhang after primary school in 2003. I lost control of my life because of alcohol and drugs. I was a big-time bhang smoker in 2007.
I was arrested in 2010 when I was transporting chang’aa and later charged with robbery with violence after the person who ran the chang’aa business accused me of beating him and stealing his phone. I spent a whole year at Kamiti prison as a remandee.
The complainant withdrew the charges later at a time when cholera was a menace in prison. Luckily, I survived. My co-accused died while in prison,” Muroki told The Nairobian.
But his troubles did not end there, because a month after his release, he found himself again inside the walls of Kamiti Prison after they abducted a friend’s wife to extort money from the man’s in-laws.
“My friend came up with the idea of abducting his wife so that we can get some cash. I was to ambush them on their way to town, which I did, but after a short distance, she screamed for help and traffic police officers who were manning the road heard her cry and shot in the air. We were bundled out of the vehicle and beaten by a mob like crazy,”
Terming the beating as the second time he saw death, Muroki says that when he was released from prison, his life was already a mess and he resorted to drinking day and night to the extent of losing interest in women.
Muthoni, on the other hand, left her Ngumba estate home in Nairobi in 2009 after dropping out of Christian University in Kampala, where she was pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree and became an alcoholic.
She would spend her nights in trenches in the streets of Nairobi until her aunt offered to take care of her. Muthoni, an alumnus of Aberdare Girls says
“I dropped out in my second semester after my father became polygamous and out of disappointment. My self-esteem was low and I ended up finding solace in alcohol. I used to sleep in trenches because I had given up on life. I met John at Kaa Sober and his comical character attracted me to him. Money is not everything. What I saw in him is a person I can live with.”
She hopes to get a job and start life fresh.