This bishop is accused of a locking up his wife in their bedroom with only a bucket to relieve herself because he said she spent too much time looking after the sick.
According to local media, the wife, Hellen Chelanga, spoke out against her husband at the Mombasa Magistrate court, in Mombasa, a port city south-eastern Kenya.
She said that problems started after she appointed to be a social worker by a community-based organisation.
Bishop Evans Manyenyo Elengwa did not like the fact that Chelanga often visited the sick and stayed out of the house for long periods of time.
“My husband vowed to teach me a lesson. That’s when he started locking me in our bedroom from morning to evening,” she said in court.
“He would lock me and offer a bucket to use in case I wanted to relieve myself. He would unlock the house only at night once he was back home,” she added.
A member of their church, Ephraim Amugune suspected something was off when Chelanga stopped going to church and said the bishop always said his wife was sick, Amugune told the court.
“The wife later discovered the husband had married one of the young girls from the church during that period,” Amugune added, according to media reports.
The court case is ongoing.
The Bishop’s denomination is unknown.
Christianity is the most popular religion in Kenya with Protestants making up 38 percent of the population, including the Methodist, Baptist and Lutheran churches, while the Roman Catholic Church counts 28 percent of the Kenyan population.
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