In Magarjali village, Tana River County, a 24-year-old man named Ahmed Golo has eloped with his father’s new bride, 18-year-old Saada Mohammed, citing her youth as the reason.
Saada was supposed to be married to Ahmed’s 71-year-old father, Ishmael Golo, after the fasting period of Ramadhan.
Ishmael had already negotiated and paid the bride price for Saada, but the ceremony was to take place after Ramadhan.
Ahmed’s siblings protested against the marriage, stating that the bride was too young for their father, who had children older than Saada.
Efforts to persuade them to accept the marriage failed, leading to a family quarrel.
Frustrated, Ahmed decided to elope with Saada. The couple left a note for Ishmael, urging him to find a mate of his age and leave them alone.
The next day, Ahmed called his mother and informed her that he would not allow his father to dishonor the family by marrying a girl young enough to be his grand daughter.
According to Ahmed’s mother, he plans to have children with Saada and marry her before returning home.
Saada’s family members confirmed that she was safe and unhappy about marrying Ishmael, whom she believed was too old for her.
Ishmael, on the other hand, accused his first and third wives of inciting Ahmed and his siblings against the marriage.
He requested that Saada’s family return the bride price and negotiate a new one with Ahmed instead.
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