A wedding ceremony in Kenyan’s northern Kamba province has been held without a bride and groom in sight, according to an official statement.
The ceremony has been called off following a woman’s refusal to marry a man from the neighboring village of Tasho and a dispute between the bride and her father over her family’s religious beliefs.
“This was not an isolated incident.
The women of the village, in particular, were not happy about it and called it an ‘unjust act’,” said a spokesman for the village head, Dafu Kibeko.
His father was arrested on Wednesday after villagers reportedly accused him of attempting to marry his daughter in order to obtain an inheritance.
“I want to thank the Kenyans and to express my deep respect for their country, and their culture,” the spokesman said.
“The situation has been resolved with the help of the Kenyan government.”
The bride, identified as Tashyana Mweke, is the daughter of the head of the Tashos’ village, who was arrested and is in custody.
Her father was reportedly in a stable condition at the hospital.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta condemned the incident and urged the Kenya National Police to investigate the incident.
Kenya’s President Uhruwe Kibembe, who is also the country’s vice president, said that his government was committed to investigating the incident to ensure that the women were not singled out for any wrongdoings.
“We have been deeply saddened by this incident,” Mr Kibeme told a news conference in the capital, Nairobi.
“We will continue to investigate this incident to see if it is related to any crime.
We are committed to ensuring that women are treated fairly and in accordance with the law.”
Kenya has been struggling to deal with a high birth rate and a shortage of affordable contraception, which has prompted a series of protests against a range of issues, including the high rate of HIV infection in the country.
A new anti-corruption campaign launched in May aimed to curb graft, while the country also plans to increase its military presence.