A 17 year old teenager in Tana River has taken off with his father’s cattle meant to pay the bride price for his father’s fourth wife.
The teenager had allegedly protested his 76 year old dad’s decision to marry a fourth wife but when his rants fell on deaf ears, decided to run away with the bride price meant for the wife.
According to reports in a local daily, Mzee Ramadhan Mohammed of Titila village was reportedly taken ill after he learnt that his teenage son took off with the bride price.
The teenager had allegedly asked for his father’s blessing to marry but his father denied him the permission to marry rejecting the bride his son had chosen.
The teenager’s younger brother said his father and elder brother had earlier quarrelled over the ceremony scheduled for Saturday 10th October with the elder son arguing that their father was being selfish.
“My brother has been introducing the bride he wants to marry to our father, but it seems our father has his own preference of the kind of women he wants us to marry, so he keeps rejecting our choices,” the boy said.
He said that his elder brother warned the father that he would not let the wedding go on.
“We did not have a peaceful night on Sunday; they almost went for each other’s throats, to the point that my father disowned him,” said the younger sibling.
The 17-year old is said to have disappeared from home, returning on Tuesday when he took away his goats for grazing but did not return with them.
He allegedly sneaked back home in the wee hours of the morning locked his father in his house and drove off with the 17 cows meant for the bride price.
“His friend says he came at around 2am and was seen with a herd of livestock headed towards Boni forest,” the younger brother told journalists
Elders have resolved to keep the matter from the police in a bid to solve it traditionally.