Antony Ng’ang’a, a single father of two, has spoken out about his abusive marriage, which resulted in his wife abandoning him with a three-month-old infant.
Antony recalls meeting his then-wife in 2016 and getting married right away on Citizen TV’s Shajara with Lulu show. Their marriage was rocky from the start, according to him.
“I’d leave for work at 5 a.m. and return around midnight.” One day, a neighbor called to tell me there was a man in our house, and he departed as soon as I walked in. “This was after neighbors informed me that they had seen my wife with other men,” he recalled.
Anthony reported encountering his wife on the streets holding hands with other men, and when he challenged them, they allegedly beat him up.
“She started drinking, and I would meet her on the road holding hands with other men, and every time I asked, they would attack and beat me up,” he explained.
Antony stopped sharing his bed with his wife and moved into their children’s bedroom until his wife informed him one night that she was tired of their marriage and left.
“She took the children with her but returned them in the morning, including the one who was three months then, I begged her to stay, especially for the lastborn, who I believed needed her mother, but she refused,” he explained.
Juggling work and parenting his two children became difficult for him, and he lost several career possibilities as a result of the children. He described how they couldn’t afford food or rent and would sometimes end up homeless.
“I used to leave my children unattended and go look for work, and this used to worry me a lot, because sometimes I would come home with nothing, forcing me to give them water because I didn’t have food for them,” he explained.