Remember Elizabeth Nalem? The middle-aged woman from Makutano, West Pokot County, who shocked Kenyans by ending her 20-year marriage to ‘wed’ the Holy Spirit?
Soon after exchanging wedding vows with her new ‘husband’ in the highly publicised ceremony, the mother of six embarked on her honeymoon, as is tradition after a wedding.
She was headed for Amudat District, Uganda, for her post-nuptial vacation, only that her honeymoon was also to double up as a crusade. Elizabeth had said that God spoke to her and told her to travel the world and spread the gospel.
Led by her newly-wed ‘husband’ and armed with faith that is akin to Biblical Abraham, Elizabeth left her children under the care of her ‘estranged’ husband. Soon after her wedding, Elizabeth reportedly started walking from Makutano to the neighbouring country.
“God has shown me signs to travel to the United States when am done with Uganda. He told me to travel the world but I told him I won’t be able and requested him to recruit other members to help me in spreading the gospel,” she said.
But on Monday, May 31, Elizabeth was blocked from entering Uganda. It appears that her ‘estranged’ husband, Joshua Nalem, had alerted the police of his wife’s plan to cross over to the neighbouring country.
Police then intercepted her at night and placed her into custody. She was released on Tuesday upon her husband’s request.
According to West Pokot County Police Commander Jackson Tumwet, Elizabeth was counselled while in custody because “we suspect she might be having a psychiatric problem.”
Joshua reportedly filed a complaint at Makutano Police Post that his wife had neglected her six children.
Some members of the Full Gospel Church, where Nalem worships, on Tuesday, June 1 offered to give her free counselling services.
On the D-Day, Elizabeth who works for Makutano town council was escorted by her workmates and women entrepreneurs as she tied the knot with the Holy Spirit.
Pastor arranged for Elizabeth to ‘marry’ Holy Spirit
Her neighbour, Pastor Albert Rumaita, granted her wish by officiating the peculiar wedding. He is the one who bought her the wedding gown and even ensured there was a convoy of cars to escort her on her big day.
“I made the decision to preside over, plan and fund the wedding because the world might just be coming to an end and because I’m her neighbour,” says Pastor Rumaita.
After the wedding, an elated Elizabeth said she was done with serving the world and has now changed her life to serve God.
“Today, I am one of those who have received the word of God. I have faced difficulties, and it made me look for God,” Elizabeth says, adding that she had even closed her businesses.
A distraught Joshua says that he paid twenty-two (22) cattle and 15 goats for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage. Their firstborn, he says, just completed Form Four the other day.
When asked by journalists whether he will continue living with his ‘estranged’ wife, Joshua said that he was kept in the dark during the whole process. Although he says that he still loves Elizabeth, Joshua insists that he does not know the next course of action.