The husband of a Kenyan woman stranded in Dubai after failing to settle a maternity bill of Sh402,000 has finally narrated his side of the story.
The 28-year-old woman only identified as Jedidah said that she travelled to Dubai in search of a job while four months pregnant, but failed to secure one.
“I was four months pregnant at the time but separated from my husband. I wanted to get away from my circumstances back home, so I came here hoping to find employment. But that was not to be as I am still jobless and in a complete mess,” she told Gulf News Express newspaper.
She adds: “I wanted to surrender myself to the authorities and present my case to them, so I could return home for my delivery." She could not, however, find the courage to submit herself to authorities.
Her time to deliver reached while still there and was helped by a well-wisher to the hospital, where she is detained over the bill together with her baby. Her passport was confiscated by authorities in Dubai upon expiry and she is seeking help from well-wishers to pay the bill and also return to the country.
However, her husband, Keith Walumbe has given a different account to that of Jedidah. Walumbe took to the popular Facebook group Kilimani Mums to narrate his predicament and how his wife eloped to Dubai without his knowledge. Here is his account:
My name is Keith and at first I had intended to ask you to delete this post, but upon meditation from last week, I would like this post to be here for posterity so that other people can learn from it as well. But I will be brief and factual so that I rebuff the points raised by Jeddidah about my character. However, I should hasten to add that this, in no way, should come in the way of her fundraising endeavours.
- Jeddidah has parents who are alive and they attended our wedding day on 28th November 2015. The parents live in Meru, a place called Kikombe and that is where we did our Ruracio prior to our wedding. We were even introduced to her rich uncles staying in Nairobi. Jeddidah is no orphan. For the benefit of this discussion, I may add that the entire wedding and subsequent honeymoon in Dubai came to about 3.5 million Kenya shillings.
- Again for the benefit of this discussion, I will add that our Dubai trip was my worst move as far as our marriage was concerned. In fact, it was the turning point. This is because I procured her a passport which she did not have, and got her a Visa. But, my wife, upon setting foot in Dubai, confided to me that this is the sort of place she has always wanted to stay. In fact she told many people that she would like to work as an Air Hostess at Emirates Airline and live in Dubai.
- When we came back home after the honeymoon, I realized that our relationship had changed. The fire was all gone. She was now in Kenya but her heart was left in Dubai. I remembered that on the day we were to travel back she had wanted me to leave her behind for a few more days…
- On 28th November 2016, we celebrated our First Anniversary at The BOMA hotel, Nairobi. Our invitees included family members and friends who included high-ranking government functionaries. We spent another Ksh. 1.5 million on this event. I am mentioning all these, not for any other reason, but so that the world can see that I tried to invest in this relationship.
- On the 12th February 2017, I came back from work to an empty house. My wife had eventually left. I tried to look for her at her friends’ places, I even went to her village in Meru. I never got a clue. Even her parents did not know where she was. They say up to now she has not contacted them. I only gathered from her Instagram photos that she was in Dubai and having the life of her life, attending Tennis Tournaments and riding in Lambourghini.
- How my wife got to Dubai is still a mystery to me. I have tried all I can at my personal level to have a sober discussion and a happy reunion for the sake of our baby but all has been in vain.
- I see that the baby here is being called Baby Esther. My wife has been very elusive when it comes to the baby. First I was sent a picture of a baby boy, then after some time, it changed to a baby girl with a different name, not Esther. In fact, like any other man, I am doubting if I am the actual dad to this innocent baby.
All in all, I want to conclude by making it clear to all and sundry: Every marriage has issues. Mine had its own share of issues. I do not deny. I catered for my wife beyond measure. Even a week prior to her travel the family had been in my care with her sick sister who stayed with us for almost a month and for whom I paid a medical bill of over 200,000 Ksh.
Although I am sad to realize that Jeddah is currently living rough, this situation was wholly brought on herself by herself. I ask whoever has her contacts to kindly ask her to leave me out of her story. She should also leave other members of my family out of her story. I need to heal and move on.”