John De Matthew passed on to glory after he succumbed to his injuries following an accident at a blackspot near Blue Post Hotel along the Thika superhighway.
After John de Matthew’s death was when alot of Kenyans, myself included, found out that he has not one but two families by two different wives: Sarafina Wairimu and Caroline Waithira.
Since the death of John de Matthew, the two women have agreed to open up about their co-wife relationship and life since the Kikuyu benga maestro’s passing.
Speaking during an interview with Switch TV, Caroline and Sarafina said they are at peace with each other with Sarafina explaining how it all began.
‘I COULDN’T IMAGINE THAT THERE COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE WHO WILL FOLLOW ME BUT AFTER 7 YEARS I SAW IT FROM AFAR AND I STARTED PREPARING MYSELF.
IN KIKUYU IF YOU ARE MARRIED TO A POLYGAMOUS FAMILY THERE IS A PROBABILITY YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF IN THE SAME SITUATION.’
Caroline de Matthew said that seeing as she was from such a polygamous family, she knew she would probably end up with a polygamous man.
‘AS A SECOND WIFE, YOU NEED TO BE GOD FEARING. WE MET IN 2013 DURING MY BIRTHDAY AND HE GAVE ME A DATE ADDING THAT HE WANTED A SECOND WIFE,’ SHE SAID.
As for the question of how John de Matthew’s children interact and get along, Sarafina said,
‘OUR KIDS KNEW EACH OTHER EVEN BEFORE CAROLINE AND I MET. OUR HUSBAND WOULD PICK MY DAUGHTER SHIKU THEN PASS BY CAROL’S PLACE AND PICK UP HER SON. AT SOME POINT, I KNEW THERE WAS ANOTHER WOMAN BECAUSE I AM A PSYCHOLOGIST AND I KNEW WHEN HE WAS LYING OR NOT.’
As to how Sarafina felt when John De Matthew announced that he was going to marry a second wife and whether she feared and was apprehensive of the fact, her response was,
I TOOK MY TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHY HE WAS BEHAVING THE WAY HE WAS, ACCORDING TO HIS MOTHER SHE EXPECTED HIS SON TO GET MARRIED TO TWO WIVES OR MORE.
MY FEAR WAS HE WOULD BRING SOMEONE WHO WOULD NOT RESPECT ME, OR SOMEBODY WHO WOULD START FIGHTING.
I HAD ALREADY ACCEPTED THE FACT BECAUSE I LOVED MY HUSBAND.