An interesting tale making rounds on the internet reveals how a bride’s mother absconded with the bride price paid by her in-laws during the ‘introduction’ ceremony recently.
The bride’s mother, Anne Maweni, reportedly feared her kinsmen would short-change her and left the ceremony with the dowry amounting to Sh170,000 (₵9,000).
The ceremony reportedly took place in Tana River County, Kenya, when family members noticed Maweni, the bride’s mother, was no longer present. “During the ceremony, she is the one who served the guests and elders food but did not join them on the table. Nobody knew what time she left,” said Maweni’s sister Veronica Meilu to reporters.
Maweni later texted her sister with another number asking her to oversee the remainder of the ceremony. It was then that the elders and in-laws who had gathered for the ceremony realized that something was amiss.
“I was not aware of my sister’s plans, but here I was being put to task, to explain how we stole the dowry and where my sister was,” said Meilu. As the leaders were contemplating reporting the “heist” to the police, Maweni called to explain why she took off.
“She asked me to put the phone on loudspeaker before revealing that the dowry ‘theft’ was a plan she had hatched with the son-in-law before the ceremony,” Ms. Meilu said.
Maweni said that they switched the bag containing money with one that had wrappers.
“Yes, we counted the money together but we exchanged the bag containing money with that holding wrappers because the elders are not deserving of any gains from my daughter,” Anne Maweni said on phone.