Kakamega: Woman rejected by husband over birth of disabled kids

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Snaida Khalenya and the family

These two incidents angered her mother-in-law who accused Snaida of bringing a curse to the family demanding that she be thrown out of the homestead and his son remarries.

By Dennis Avokoywa, Kakamega

A 24-year-old woman from Manyatta village, Malava Constituency, Kakamega County is living in fear of being chased away from her matrimonial home in the pretext of giving birth to physically challenged kids.

The troubles of Snaida Khalenya began way back in 2016 after her parents were unable to pay her school fees forcing her to drop out of school while in class 8.

Fall in love 

In 2017, as Snaida was serving as a house girl she got to know one bodaboda guy, Wycliffe Chisikha who used to pick and drop her boss’ kids to and from school. Little did she know the two will one day fall in love and later become a wife and a husband.

Since Chisikha was the only son to his parents, pressure mounted, her mum demanded for a 'normal' grandchild. 

“Things happened so fast, we got our first daughter Valentine Atamba who grew up as a normal child, however I didn’t understand why she took too long to stand”, Said Snaida.

Snaida Khalenya and the family

Since Chisikha was the only son to his parents, pressure mounted, her mum demanded for a ‘normal’ grandchild. 

Conceive again.

One year later Snaida conceived and gave birth to their 2nd daughter Joylyne Matsitsa.

“She grew up just like any other child. Like her sister she too took time to stand.

I tried to take them to various hospitals for check ups but doctors couldn’t find any problem” she said.

The angry mother-in-law.

These two incidents angered her mother-in-law who accused Snaida of bringing a curse to the family demanding that she be thrown out of the homestead and his son remarries.

“She has occasionally threatened to kill me if I fail to leave his son alone. She has severely chased me out of her compound, I thank my husband for always being there for me”, She added.

"I have been to Kwadeka hospital in Malava where doctors said that their bones were weak, they demanded more than 2,000 shillings a day, an amount I am unable to raise," she added.

Khalenya’s efforts of finding answers to unravel the mystery facing her 2 daughters by visiting various medical centers with the desire to see her daughter walk has been fertile.

She failed to raise 2,000 shillings demanded by the hospital to allow the experts to conduct a therapy for them.

“I have been to Kwadeka hospital in Malava where doctors said that their bones were weak, they demanded more than 2,000 shillings a day, an amount I am unable to raise,” She added.

“My family depends on this hired bodaboda for their upkeep, my wife is jobless” Said Chisikha.

The family is now pleading for financial help from well-wishers and good samaritans that will enable them to take their daughters for a therapy which will enable them to stand and walk one day.

“I’m afraid to get pregnant again, I might give birth to a kid with the same problems”, She said.

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