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Grandmother, 71 weds student, 19
East African Standard ^ | Tuesday, July 20, 2004 | Amos Kareithi and Boniface Gikandi

Posted on 07/20/2004 11:59:54 AM PDT by presidio9

The 71-year-old grandmother who has married a 19-year-old Form Four student yesterday denied that she was a "cradle snatcher", saying she was following the dictates of her god. At the same time, the teenager said that no amount of threats, intimidation or raw force could force him abandon the wife God had ordered him to marry.

Investigations by the East African Standard revealed that the couple was living together in the same house about seven kilometres from Makuyu town.

The side view of Nyanginda wa Ngugi’s house where she now lives with her new husband James Mburu Kamau and her son Gicharu wa Ngugi, 33.

Upon learning that she had some visitors, Nyanginda wa Gicharu who was said to be asleep emerged from her bungalow without shoes. She, however, explained her predicament: "I have been suffering from a very severe bout of cold. I am just from my bed."

She was closely followed by James Mburu Kamau who came out in a T-shirt and sandals and started an unsuccessful hide-and-seek game with the cameras.

It took hours of searching for journalists to come face to face with the ailing grandmother responsible for luring the boy out of school.

Nyanginda wa Gicharu the woman who has in the recent weeks become a pariah for marrying James Mburu Kamau however, defended herself: "What God has ordered, no man can change."

Her home is just a few metres from the rural home of Embakasi MP David Mwenje.

The woman, whose five children are all married, said she was happy that Mburu had chosen her "following the will of God" .

She said she has been giving her new husband odd jobs to sustain himself. "God had ruled that one should only eat if he works," she said.

Mburu was, however, economical with words and kept referring to his prophetic vision which had driven him out of class into the arms of a woman older than his biological mother.

"I am not going back to school. Never. I discovered that I have been living a lie all my life. Now I have discovered God and happiness," said Mburu with finality.

And to show that he was through with education, he confirmed that he had written a letter to the Kenya National Examinations Council withdrawing his KCSE candidature.

The letter dated June 10 this year was addressed to the Secretary Kenya National Examination Council, the DEO Maragwa and the Principal, Gathungururu Secondary School.

At Gathungururu Secondary School in Makuyu, Maragwa, teachers and students were all united in their loss of their star student.

His Form Four classmates were also in deep shock, with some vowing they were ready to "deal with the old woman to get their colleague back".

"The students and the teachers are mourning. He was our only hope .We expected him to get grade B in this year's KCSE. Now he is gone. He has never been a problem to the school," the principal said.

According to the school's principal, Miss Beth Githaiga, the behaviour change in Mburu was noted after he stopped attending Christian fellowship preferring to travel eight kilometres to Kaharati.

The head said during the school's prize giving day on July 9, Mburu was expected to scoop a trophy for best student who had never been punished since he joined Form One.

Before dropping out of school, Mburu at one time was beaten by his father after he refused to be sent to buy cigarettes in the nearby Makuyu trading centre, said the head, adding that previously he belonged to PCEFA church before joining "Arata a roho" church.

Mrs Isabella Kamau, Mburu's mother said she had no right to discuss her son as he wrote a letter to the teacher indicating his wish.

Isabella, a former primary school teacher at the nearby Gathungururu Primary School referred to her new daughter-in-law as a true friend that she knew many years ago.

But John Kamau, Mburu's father, is bitter with his son for dropping out of school.

Kamau a former Mitumbiri location chief said: " My wish is my son to go back to school and sit for his KCSE as am ready to pay for his fees."

Mburu's father, who is also a member of the school's Parents Teachers Association representing Form Four parents said:

"I belong to the Catholic church and I do not know the church my wife and son belong to as they have embarrassed me. I do not know what will happen if I will ever come to meet her," he said of his daughter-in-law.


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James Mburu Kamau, a 19-year-old Form Four student and his 70-year-old "wife", Nyanginda wa Gicharu. The young man has written to the exams board that he would not be sitting his high school exams and would instead be spending some quality time with his "wife", a mother of five, all of them married. Pic by Amos Kareithi

1 posted on 07/20/2004 11:59:55 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9; mhking

Just...yuck!


2 posted on 07/20/2004 12:02:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: presidio9

G R O S S


3 posted on 07/20/2004 12:02:47 PM PDT by Gefreiter ("Ignorance is king. Many would not prosper by its abdication.")
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To: presidio9

Now there's a kid with self-esteem issues.


4 posted on 07/20/2004 12:03:35 PM PDT by Rebelbase (To democrats the truth is personal.)
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To: presidio9

What's that movie...?


5 posted on 07/20/2004 12:03:39 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: GVgirl

Harold and Maude?


6 posted on 07/20/2004 12:04:41 PM PDT by BikerNYC
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
What's wrong with this picture?

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

7 posted on 07/20/2004 12:05:00 PM PDT by mhking (John Kerry & Al Gore: Cut from the same tree.)
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To: presidio9

Well, she doesn't look hot-to-trot.


8 posted on 07/20/2004 12:05:39 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: presidio9

I think I'd have to break ranks with God if He ordered me to start banging a California Raisin.


9 posted on 07/20/2004 12:05:53 PM PDT by ICX (Here at the top, we call it the Glass Floor. - Conspiracy Guy)
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To: GVgirl

10 posted on 07/20/2004 12:05:53 PM PDT by presidio9 (FREE MARTHA)
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To: presidio9

Would he be robbing the coffin? Robbing the wheelchair?


11 posted on 07/20/2004 12:06:03 PM PDT by zarf
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To: presidio9

That's just wrong.


12 posted on 07/20/2004 12:08:56 PM PDT by Jaded (Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain)
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To: presidio9

You do a great job of finding some whacked stuff. The East African Standard? You really searched that? I sometimes want to know how you find this stuff, others I just shake my head.


13 posted on 07/20/2004 12:09:27 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance ( "Stay safe in the "sandbox", cuz!)
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To: presidio9; cyborg; NYC GOP Chick; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim; PBRSTREETGANG; NYCVirago; ...

ping

14 posted on 07/20/2004 12:09:48 PM PDT by presidio9 (FREE MARTHA)
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To: presidio9

Geez,
At least she could be smiling (I would be if I were her ;) )


15 posted on 07/20/2004 12:09:56 PM PDT by najida (Who said I could spell? My fingers are faster than my brain.)
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To: presidio9
I note that this story is from Kenya. This is what happens when you spend too much time looking at lions.
16 posted on 07/20/2004 12:10:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: presidio9

He will get the Hut soon !!


17 posted on 07/20/2004 12:11:47 PM PDT by agneyen (It is the custom of my race.)
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To: presidio9; newgeezer

"She may be 70 but she's built like she's 68"


18 posted on 07/20/2004 12:14:14 PM PDT by biblewonk (WELL I SPEAK LOUD, AND I CARRY A BIGGER STICK...AND I USE IT TOO.)
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To: presidio9

Nope...she doesn't qualify as a GILF in my book.

19 posted on 07/20/2004 12:14:37 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: presidio9
Barfing Large High Velocity Chunks Alert!
20 posted on 07/20/2004 12:15:02 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
The East African Standard? You really searched that?

And how, exactly, do you stay abreast of current events in Makuyu town?

21 posted on 07/20/2004 12:15:46 PM PDT by presidio9 (FREE MARTHA)
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To: biblewonk

lol


22 posted on 07/20/2004 12:15:52 PM PDT by kenth
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To: presidio9

Poor judgment--the unfortunate side-effect of hunger.
23 posted on 07/20/2004 12:17:17 PM PDT by rabidralph (My pit bull drives an SUV.)
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To: presidio9

Mrs. Robinson are you trying to seduce me?


24 posted on 07/20/2004 12:17:31 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Shock Theater - Dr. Creep Lives! www.drcreep.com)
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To: agneyen

The side view of Nyanginda wa Ngugi’s house where she now lives with her new husband James Mburu Kamau and her son Gicharu wa Ngugi, 33.

25 posted on 07/20/2004 12:18:31 PM PDT by presidio9 (FREE MARTHA)
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To: presidio9

I'd love to hear James Mburu Kamau, John Kerry, and Anna Nicole Smith getting togther to talk shop.


26 posted on 07/20/2004 12:20:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: presidio9

"She's got HUGE....

tracts o' land."


27 posted on 07/20/2004 12:21:19 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: rabidralph

After the crash of eating a snickers, I can only imagine hehehe.


28 posted on 07/20/2004 12:21:23 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: kenth

"Hay baby take out dem dam teef"


29 posted on 07/20/2004 12:22:12 PM PDT by biblewonk (WELL I SPEAK LOUD, AND I CARRY A BIGGER STICK...AND I USE IT TOO.)
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To: dakine

This will be me someday... hey! a girl can dream can't she?!?!?!


30 posted on 07/20/2004 12:23:51 PM PDT by codyjacksmom
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To: rabidralph

ROFL..."Snickers satisifies you"


31 posted on 07/20/2004 12:24:36 PM PDT by BSunday (YES AMERICA CAN !)
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To: presidio9

When I saw the headline, I thought to myself that she must be filthy rich. But I now see that is not the case... the world is getting crazier and crazier!


32 posted on 07/20/2004 12:25:35 PM PDT by NCjim
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To: codyjacksmom

Ain't 19 a little old for ya'?


33 posted on 07/20/2004 12:25:40 PM PDT by dakine
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To: dakine

Nah...need to keep it legal.


34 posted on 07/20/2004 12:27:26 PM PDT by codyjacksmom
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To: presidio9
lol....He's obviously a gold digger. He married her for her money. If I were her kids, I would check on mom every day, make sure she was still alive and kicking.
35 posted on 07/20/2004 12:47:58 PM PDT by monday
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To: presidio9

See what too much direct sunlight on the nogin does....


36 posted on 07/20/2004 12:52:00 PM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: biblewonk

Hey! I'm 68 and I'll just bet that there are a bunch of
babes out there dying to see me naked. You think??


37 posted on 07/20/2004 1:08:37 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: presidio9

And they say I'M bad- for having a 42 year old girlfriend (I'm 29). This makes me feel alot better, thanks for posting it.


38 posted on 07/20/2004 1:21:17 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: presidio9
Makes me think of a Zappa song:

Baby, take your teeth out,
you look divine...

39 posted on 07/20/2004 1:24:33 PM PDT by Wumpus Hunter (<a href="http://moveon.org" target="blank">Communist front group for Kerry</a>)
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To: davisfh
Hey! I'm 68 and I'll just bet that there are a bunch of babes out there dying to see me naked. You think??

Oh yeah. There's quite a few of you out there that think that and, of course, the best way to test the theory is to wear a trench coat with nothing on under it. Then when said babe is in view, let her have it. If she's interested, you'll know, if not, you'll probably find out about that too.

40 posted on 07/20/2004 1:30:01 PM PDT by biblewonk (WELL I SPEAK LOUD, AND I CARRY A BIGGER STICK...AND I USE IT TOO.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; rface
LOL...I like the lion cartoon (cute!!!)

rface - See the link at post #16

As for the story here...it's just too weird!

41 posted on 07/20/2004 1:30:54 PM PDT by SavageRepublican (everything I own is covered in cat hair)
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To: BikerNYC
Harold and Maude?

That's the one!

42 posted on 07/20/2004 1:48:29 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: presidio9

Oh! That takes me back!


43 posted on 07/20/2004 1:49:35 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: presidio9
I belong to the Catholic church and I do not know the church my wife and son belong to as they have embarrassed me.

You tell 'em, John.

Clearly the situation here is due to some weird cult that got its claws into the kid.

He's not just marrying granny, he's quitting a bright future to do odd jobs for granny.

44 posted on 07/20/2004 1:51:45 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: presidio9
The 71-year-old grandmother who has married a 19-year-old Form Four student yesterday denied that she was a "cradle snatcher"...

Wow! Women just can't get a break.

The older woman takes a younger man and she's a "cradle snatcher." When Anna Nicole Smith married a 91-year-old millionaire (who had a history of dating young buxom women), she was called a "gold-digger."

-PJ

45 posted on 07/20/2004 1:54:47 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: mhking

oh, dear lord, no...
no one is allowed to mention the following:
bulls' scrotums, tennis balls in old pantyhose, the scent of mothballs and polygrip as an eau de passion...


46 posted on 07/20/2004 2:05:11 PM PDT by King Prout ("Thou has been found guilty and convicted of malum zambonifactum most foul... REPENT!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

only in America!


47 posted on 07/20/2004 2:22:17 PM PDT by Theophilus (Save Little Democrats, Stop Abortion)
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To: biblewonk

Glad that you took this bit of humor in the spirit that it
was intended, biblewonk.


48 posted on 07/20/2004 2:23:38 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: King Prout

BWAAAAHHAAAAAHHHHAAAA!!!!


49 posted on 07/20/2004 2:34:13 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Liberalism=insanity)
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To: zarf

Yup. She's not robbing the cradle. He's robbing the grave.


50 posted on 07/20/2004 2:47:18 PM PDT by pragmatic_asian
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