An old man from Bungoma county will have to undergo a cleansing process after being found in bed with his daughter-in-law. William Makanu, 84, shocked villagers of Wabukhonyi in Kimilili sub-county when he was got into the act with his son’s wife.
Speaking to the press, Bukusu elders said they would be obliged to perform the ritual in order to cleanse the ageing man and his daughter-in-law.
“According to our culture that is wrong and as elders we will have to look for a sheep to make an offering so as to cleanse him and the daughter-in-law,” Jared Barasa said.
When he was busted, Makhanu refused to open the door for the young man to call for the intervention of villagers. The daughter-in-law bowed to pressure and left the house but the old man remained inside, forcing the angry villagers to break in.
“We asked him to get out of the house but he refused until we finally decided to break in. As his sons we are ashamed and concerned at the same time because we have wives and we now feel like he has been doing this for a while,” said Wanjala, one of his son.
Wanjala said they wanted to cane their father 20 strokes and settle the matter peacefully but the old man refused. Police officers who got wind of the happenings arrived on time and saved Makhanu from angry villages who were baying for his blood.