Barely two days after Citizen TV news anchor Lillian Muli dumped the father of her second child, Jared Ombongi for allegedly being a serial polygamist, details about his controversial marriage life in the United States have emerged.
In an Instagram post on Monday, Muli says she decided to end her relationship with Ombogi after discovering that he was a 'community husband'.
"As public figures, we meet all sorts of people and most just want trophies whether you are well known or not, be very careful who you allow into your life don’t go giving your heart to everyone," Lillian explains.
"Sociopaths will keep you entangled in their web of lies and you will be one of their many victims. When you actually believe someone is true to you only to find out they are community husbands you are safer stepping aside."
She concludes: "Nobody should ever tag me in posts about Jared Ombongi who has been associated with me I disassociate myself from such links from today. As politicians say “I would rather die” than be linked to a polygamist!"
It has now emerged that Ombogi previously married three American wives in an attempt to secure US Visa, the Star reports.
In 1993, the businessman married Heather Mae Rice before marrying Layle Marie Kobow a year later, while still married to Ms. Rice.
Soon after, Ms. Kobow filed a visa petition on behalf of Ombogi before withdrawing it and reporting the businessman to US authorities after she discovered the Kenyan was still married to Rice.
"In 1993, Ombongi married Heather Mae Rice. In 1994, while still married to Rice, Ombongi married Layle Marie Kobow. Kobow filed a visa petition on behalf of Ombongi," reads a court report
"However, when she learned that Ombongi was still married to Rice, Kobow reported Ombongi to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)...that the marriage had been arranged by a friend with the understanding that Ombongi would help her financially."
In 1994, Ombongi filed an asylum application with the INS claiming that his family was displaced from their home during ethnic clashes in 1993.
"On July 25, 1994, Ombongi filed an asylum application with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In the application, Ombongi alleged that his family had been driven out of their homes by ethnic clashes in 1993. He also asserted that he was a member of the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (FORD), an opposition party."
He said that "most of his family was in a refugee camp in Kenya and he had lost contact with them, but he believed his brother Nicholas was supporting them. Regarding Nicholas, Ombongi alleged that since he had left Kenya, his brother had been harassed, questioned by the government, and robbed."
However, the court dismissed his petition with the judge ruling that "Ombongi's explanation for his bigamy puts his credibility as a witness in doubt."
In 2001, Ombogi went ahead to marry a third wife, Morris, who also filed a visa petition on his behalf in 2002, which was also dismissed.
The businessman divorced Kobow and Rice in 1997 and 2001 respectively. Ombogi is the Chairman and owner of a Kenyan football club, Shabana FC.