30 April 2018

Kenya: Deaf Priest Leads Deaf Couple in Tying the Knot

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William Mwaura and Phyllis Wawira after their wedding at Kang’eng’u ACK church in Kandara Constituency on April 28, 2018.

A deaf couple at the weekend exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony presided over by a deaf pastor in Murang'a County. William Mwaura, 29, and Phyllis Wawira, 28, got married at Kang'eng'u ACK church in Kandara constituency on Saturday after a one and half years of courtship.

The marriage that also featured a deaf best couple and deaf bridesmaids attracted a huge gathering.

With the help of an interpreter, the villagers followed the wedding proceedings without missing a word the couple exchanged.

The interpreter, Immanuel Muigai, said the partners met each other in 2016 in Embu County during a church function. Both are ardent followers of Deaf Mission Fellowship Church.


"After interacting, the two church members became friends, then then love birds," Mr Muigai who is also a member of the Deaf Mission Fellowship Church.

Ms Wawira is from Embu County while the bridegroom comes from Kandara and their kept their love blossoming through text messages.

Mr Mwaura is a carpenter while his partner is salonist.

Talking to the Nation, the newlyweds said they are ready to settle down as a husband and wife.

"When I met Wawira one and half years ago, I knew I had met my soul mate," Mr Mwaura said.

The deaf community in Murang'a has complained of negligence by the government, saying that over the years their needs have been ignored.

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