The groom in the middle of the aborted wedding in Nakuru that captured national headlines spoke out for the first time since the ceremony.
Apostle Jesse Karanja of Mizpah House of Prayer demanded at the last minute that the couple undergo a medical test, including an HIV test, despite the couple having already taken two previous tests as instructed.
He further asserted that the test had to be done at a clinic of his choice, and refused to officiate the wedding after reportedly receiving different results.
Paul Waithaka, a long-time translator of Karanja at the church, stated that his fiance Joyce Waithera was never quite accepted by the church, but he did not realize the extent to which it would impact his relationship.
He, however, stated that they had no intentions of suing Apostle Karanja and urged Kenyans to desist from hurling insults despite their anger over the incident.
“We kept asking, why us and why God was letting this happen, but now we have managed to pick the pieces and we are now very sober as God has really been good to us.
“We are not intending to sue anyone, somethings are better left to God as it reaches a time when you let the best justice by God take charge and you see, God’s justice comes out sweeter,” Karanja told Nairobi News.
The high school teacher and translator further stated that they paid all the suppliers at the event, with money raised from their own pockets and two pre-weddings.
“We had our own savings and the money we were given by friends during the Nairobi and Njoro pre-weddings, so after paying all service providers we were left with nothing.
“The cake I had set aside for the candidates has since expired,” he stated.
Karanja is a teacher of Biology and Agriculture at Jomo Kenyatta Girls’ High School in Bahati, Nakuru County.
He invited some students to the wedding and planned to gift some of the KCSE 2018 candidates cake.
Karanja, however, disclosed that their families had supported them through the situation, urging them to organize another wedding.