By Albert Nyakundi Amenya â€“ Banana Pedlar
Drama ensued this morning in Kenyaâ€™s top Radio Station, 97.5, Radio Jambo, after a man and his mother in-law. The two engaged in a heated argument following the disagreement between the man and his wife where the man accused his mother in-lawâ€™s hand in his collapsing marriage. The man who had forwarded his request to the Radio Station wanted to be reconciled with his wife who has eloped with a primary school teacher.
Running from 6am to 11am, the program dubbed â€˜Gidi na Ghost Asubuhiâ€™ is one of Kenyaâ€™s most listened programs with a record 10,000,000 listeners countrywide. It is hosted by top radio presenters Joseph Ogidi, a former band member of GidiGidi MajiMaji and Jacob â€˜Ghostâ€™ Mulei, a former Harambee Stars Coach. The program is a platform where two warring people are given an opportunity to settle scores and ask each other for forgiveness on air.
The BodaBoda man, who identified himself as Edwin, told Gidi and Ghost that he wanted to make up with his wife who had sought greener pastures in a primary school teacher. He accused his mother in-law as a potential accomplice to his wifeâ€™s technical disappearance. When the mother in-law was called in to respond, she hurled all sorts of disrespectful insults at him claiming that he was not man enough to take care of her daughter.
The outspoken atrabilious woman identified by her daughterâ€™s first name Lillian, berated his son in-law by claiming that he has maltreated her daughter in several occasions by repetitively beating and locking her up as a slave. She also aspersed Edwin for having ordered his child to eat a dead chick as punishment after the son accidentally killed it by stepping on it.
The frantically outspoken woman also claimed that Edwin was marred with endless disamenities and that at one time he ejected her from his shop when she sought help. â€œYou either send my wife back or give me back my bride priceâ€ claimed the Luhyia man.
â€œUseless resourceless man, you cannot take care of a woman. You have harmed my daughter for a long time yet you cannot get to buy her even a panty. You are an idiot you BodaBoda bloke. Please let my lovely daughter alone. Let the teacher marry her because he is not as penny-pinching as you are. Youâ€™ve never bought me even a kilo of sugar and you claim to be my son in law â€“ son-in-law my foot. You are a useless imbecile and idiotâ€ ranted the furious woman with rage.
Edwin who was also a rude respondent told off his mother in-law by asking her to keep distance from their relationship. â€œIt is your daughter that I married and not you. It is your daughter that I seduced and not you. Nobody interrupted your marriage and so let your daughterâ€™s marriage be. Please leave us alone and let my wife come backâ€ Replied Edwin.
During this time, Gidi who is also is known for his proficiency, adeptness and wisdom in mediating between the two warring parties was dumbfounded and he at some point lost control of the process and he eventually hang up on them. On his side, Ghost was uncontrollably laughing.
Listeners who called in during the post mediation talks termed both the man and his mother-in-law as arrogant and ungallant. Others claimed that the woman was a naturally discontented greedy person because she had already pocketed the bride pride and now backing out. Efforts to reach the embattled woman bore no fruits.