As Kenyans still wonder what happened between Betty Kyallo and Dennis Okari as if it should really be a big deal, devolution conference is under way in Meru, President Uhuru has not met Rugby ‘heroes’ because he is believed to be fighting the last whiffs of alcohol and more importantly, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has transferred 105 judges . Even more egregious, the Governor of Central Bank of Kenya has declined to meet CORD Leader Raila Odinga over Eurobond, once again showing the limits of ‘good governance’ when the tyre meets the hard tarmac of accountability.
A lot has happened.
Betty and Okari, whose wedding last year made the world a better place to live in, are undergoing normal family stresses. And she has furiously dismissed a new twist to the never ending story: She didn’t boot her husband because of a politician. Who does that in 2016, anyway?
Story goes that one day, she arrived in their new home driving a new Prado VX. The husband, also a TV celeb of his own, wondered where she got the money to buy the car, perhaps, knowing her networth. Then more injuries happened. He had been suspecting that their wedding, grander than his own childhood dreams and adult means, had been ‘facilitated’ by someone else. Possibly a man, perhaps, a woman. These things happen in Nairobi.
Like all men would do, he asked her. Such things lead to tantrums, then split, then finally, divorce. We are at the ‘split’ stage.
At this point it is important we learn a few tricks how to manage stress. When life is hard and people, especially social media people, are all over your (ex)marriage, here are a few ways how to manage stress:
- Put on some music and dance around
- Take your dog for a walk
- Walk or cycle to the grocery store
- Use the stairs at home or work rather than an elevator
- Park your car in the farthest spot in the lot and walk the rest of the way
- Pair up with an exercise partner and encourage each other as you workout
- Play ping-pong or an activity-based video game with your kids
Betty told The Star those dragging a politician – the website Kahawa Tungu has named the politician and we won’t – are stretching what it too far. The human mind is elastic though.
Of the car, the car whose key opened the pandora’s box, Betty had this to say:
“I really don’t want to talk about this now. It’s really a hard time for me. But I can say that everything that I own, I bought it myself. All the cars I have were bought by me. I have no relations with any politicians. The reasons to our split were based purely on marital differences.”
Marital differences, after month-long honeymoon in Dubai. Again, these things happen, here in Nairobi.
Kenya Today has however learnt that Dennis Okari is planting stories in a section of the press to fight, or to borrow ICC lexon, ‘fix’, her ex-wife. There is going to be a divorce, a third world divorce. Okari will soon join Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, whose messy divorce with Prof Beverle Michele Lax was so super messy he declined to pay her sh150,000 a month to maintain her ‘sexy figure’ in a sportsclub in Parklands.
Guess what Mutunga accused dear Beverle of? Cruelty! That was 2009 and the ghosts of post-election violence were still hovering everywhere. Two zero zero nine was also the year that Harvard University African-American professor Louis Gates Jr. was arrested outside his own house when a neighbour, a white neighbour, thought he was burglar!
The details of Okari’s divorce are in the pipeline, and from what we hear; Betty is willing to let Okari pick his manhood and try it elsewhere, without the drama and the brouhaha that usually accompany these messy things. So far, she has kept her side, he hasn’t. Okari has seen bad times before. He got a job with BBC but couldn’t cope in what some claimed was ‘kenyan mediocrity in a fast paced, fact finding institution’. He returned, got a job at NTV (NMG is the factory of mediocre journalists) and got Betty too, for a fleeting moment.
In his book, An Intimate History of Humanity, the venerable author Theodore Zeldin quips, ‘friendship between men and women has been so fragile’. Zeldin worries about such grand themes as ‘how new forms of love have been invented’, ‘how desire that men feel for women, and for other men, has altered through the centuries’, ‘how some people have acquired an immunity to loneliness’ and much, much more. Crazy stuff. Messy stuff.
“Previously, a man who claimed to be in love had to prove he was serious by showing he was wealthy enough to support the woman, he had to be practical and give respectability to passion…she was suppose to fall in love with him before engaging in sex…the great innovation was to say sex will keep them happily ever after…there was no need to worry because should they have nothing to say to each other, sex would communicate!”
Finally, there was no ‘politician’ involved but there is a prado, she bought it. With her money. Her hard earned money. It is 2016 and it is possible, if anything Hillary Clinton, a woman, is now too close to be the next leader of the free world than ever before.
This is a developing story.