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Kenya's 'granny bride' evicted
68-year-old Wambui Otieno kisses 28-year-old Peter Mbugua
Last year's marriage between Wambui Otieno and Peter Mbugua also sparked controversy
Outraged Kenyan villagers have evicted a grandmother from the house where she was living with a 19-year-old boy.

The villagers said 71-year-old Nyanginda Gicharu was married to James Mburu, but they deny this.

Local elders in Maragwa district in central Kenya said the couple should be separated, the Daily Nation reports.

This is the second time in a year a wedding between a grandmother and a younger man has sparked massive controversy in Kenya.

The couple were driven from their home on Wednesday and then frogmarched to the Maragwa district councillor's office the following morning by villagers.

While the crowd shouted their disapproval, Ms Gicharu remained defiant.

"How can someone say that a woman, as old as I am, can be the wife of such a boy," she said after her banishment from the area, the Daily Nation reports.

James Mburu, a star pupil, left school and his family a few months ago to go and live with Ms Gicharu after he says he experienced a premonition.

The couple were both followers of a religious group called Arata a Roho Mutheru or Friends of the Holy Spirit.


Last week 68-year-old Wambui Otieno-Mbugua celebrated her first wedding anniversary with her 28-year-old husband Peter Mbugua.

Their wedding last year generated heated debate in the country, and family members boycotted the ceremony, describing the marriage as a disgrace.

But according to Kenya's East African Standard newspaper, despite family feuds and the death of Mr Mbugua's mother just three days after the wedding, the couple say they are still very happy together.

"It was an appointment with destiny," Mrs Otieno-Mbugua told the paper.

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