Joshua Nalem is still puzzled by his wife’s behaviour. Is she okay?
The mother of six vanished after she married the ‘Holy Spirit’ last week in a strange church ceremony in West Pokot county.
On Tuesday, Elizabeth Nalem, 41, returned to her matrimonial home accompanied by her bridesmaid.
But she refused to sleep at home after the husband asked her bridesmaid to leave.
Elizabeth went missing for five days immediately after the wedding but reappeared at her matrimonial home.
“My wife was upset since I did not allow her best maid to spend the night at our place. She left and went to look for her,” he said.
Nalem said they have been living happily and had not engaged in any quarrel that could have forced her to change her mind about their marriage.
“I don’t know what is disturbing my wife. We are married and blessed with six children. I have fully paid her bride price. I paid 22 cows,” he said.
He said Elizabeth’s decision to marry the “Holy Spirit” has deeply affected him since he has been left to take care of their children alone.
“I allowed her to go to church since I don’t go. But when I noticed weird characters in her prayer pattern, I questioned her and she was upset and left our home. She stayed away for five days,” he said.
Nalem said his wife used to wake up at 3am for prayer.
He was left speechless when he saw her dressed in a white gown at Makutano town ready to get married for a second time.
Speaking to the press, Elizabeth said that God had sent her to preach the gospel. That’s why she closed her hotel business since it could interfere with her new assignment.
The woman claims that the Holy Spirit has promised her a chopper to aid her in spreading the word of God throughout the world.
She said she has been directed to start her work at Amudat in Uganda but was asked to go back at home first before taking up her new duties.
“I was set to start preaching the word of God at Amudat but I was asked to come back home and make peace before heading to the neighbouring country,” she said.
Elizabeth assured her husband and children that she has not abandoned them but they should allow her do the will of God.
“This job doesn’t want restrictions. That’s why I am asking my family to relax since I will be spreading the word and come back to them,” she said.
Neighbours tried in vain to persuade her not to abandon her family.
“We are not opposed to the call you received. If you want to be respected and people to listen to the message you have been sent to deliver please take care of your family as a mother first,” a neighbour pleaded.
Dickson Kamarikech, another neighbour, said they are perturbed by Elizabeth’s story because they have never heard of a person getting married to the Holy Spirit.
“We have consulted our aged grandparents who have said that such things have never happened in this community,” he said.
Kamarikech said that it was against Pokot culture for anybody to get married to something that they don’t see.