THe newly weds Mr Waitara with his wife Njoki

Rare spectacle in Muranga as 60-year-old first time bride walks down the aisle to marry her 78-year-old sweetheart

It was joy at St Marks ACK Church in Maragua, Muranga County, as a 78-year old man wedded a 60-year old woman, who is a first time bride.

Friends and relatives of the bride and the bridegroom flocked the church to witness as the two lovebirds exchanged vows on Sunday.

Looking jovial, Mr Ayub Mugo Waitara who is a grandfather to many quit the bachelor’s club to marry Ms Teresiah Njoki.

He sat by his lover Ms Njoki in church as they keenly followed the preacher’s sermon in front of family and friends who had come to witness the big day.

The man said that his life would completely change after wedding his sweetheart, adding that he had been lonely for the past 10 years.

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On how they met Mr Waitara says

“In 2017 while on a private business in Thika town, I saw a woman who appeared very special to me, a strong feeling of love hit me and I decided to follow her.

I stopped and asked her out for tea which she obliged. While at the restaurant, we exchanged phone numbers and an intimate conversation followed a few days later.I knew she would fall in love with me because I kept on praying for her,”

Mr Waitara said he called all his five children and informed them about his new love, and his children promised to stand by him during and after the wedding.

Mr Waitara said he decided to marry to kill boredom and loneliness which, he said, had affected him since the death of his first wife.

“Old widowers and widows are at the risk of dying of loneliness and stress and I advise them to marry,”

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Ms Njoki said that at first, she resisted Mr Waitara’s marriage proposal, but was compelled to accept the proposal.  After exchanging her vows she says she is happy

“I feel so happy; I had kept telling God to reveal to me the man he created for me. Despite old age, I have met him, I love him so much,”

The couple however, said they had no intentions of siring any children. The bridegroom’s first born, Mr Chege Waitara 50, said their father’s happiness was their priority.

Adding that

 “We are happy to have a mother and a brother; we shall live happily as one big family,”.

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