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'I had no choice,' says woman on learning of husband's past

'I had no choice,' says woman on learning of husband's past

When Milka Katwota married John Kimuyu, she had no idea that he had grabbed global headlines for defying blindness and race to marry an Englishwoman.

The two met at the Free Baptist Church in Makueni 42 years ago. Towering above most of the worshippers, the blind man stood out from the rest of the congregation in more ways than one. Kimuyu was a staunch Christian who often preached and sang in the church choir whenever he travelled to the countryside.

Throughout their courtship and long into their marriage, Kimuyu kept the youthful woman in the dark about his earlier marriage to Ruth Holloway. But many years later, Kimuyu revealed details of his two failed marriages.

Milka shrugged when the Sunday Nation asked how she reacted when she learnt about her husband’s past.

“I had no choice but to accept and move on,” said the 63-year-old, amid restrained laughter.

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