Anthony Kahura Mwangi famously known as Pastor T Mwangi has shared that he never paid any dowry for his wife arguing that it is slavery and the cause of the failure of most marriages.
According to the African traditional doctrines, we have always believed that any man who intends to marry any lady must always pay dowry as a form of commitment and respect to his inlaws.
The senior pastor of the Life Church International Limuru in Kiambu County believes that paying for slavery is old age and should be abolished.
He argues that paying dowry for a wife is buying her and she cannot go back to her parents no matter what happens.
While being hosted on one of the popular Television Stations, “The concept of dowry is slavery. You buy a person, you pay money in the name of slavery. You go back to our culture a woman would not go back home so when we look back at some of the tenets of Africanism and look at where we are going in our socialism there are things that we automatically look at and say this is backwardness,” he said.
Mwangi who celebrated his third wedding anniversary in October 2021 said that he will exchange his daughter for goats and money.
“I have a daughter, I can’t sell my daughter. My daughter is so expensive that the 99 goats that were given can not be exchanged for my daughter. This is now the essence of academia,” he said.
Pastor Mwangi was asked how he managed to marry without paying any dowry and narrated he told his inlaws that he will not pay any dowry and that value of his wife is the blood of Jesus.
“I told them the value of my wife is the blood of Jesus and that blood can not be compared to anything. I told them I came to honor the parents, the Bible and even culture encourage to honor parents, there is obedience, respect and honor. You obey and respect because of rank but you honor with substance.”
“They brought some elders but I told them where I come from is a kingdom and in this kingdom, we don’t buy people. This is the propagation of slavery we don’t do that. This is my wife, my partner created in the image of God,” he concluded.