Kenyan rapper and Big Brother Stargame housemate, Prezzo, is now officially a divorcee after a High Court in Nairobi approved a divorce case filed by his wife -Daisy Jematia Kiplagat and ordered that the marriage be dissolved. Daisy filed the case seeking divorce in May 2012 but Prezzo (Jackson Makini) did not defend it. High Court Judge-Luka Kimaru granted Daisy?s application and ordered Prezzo to pay a monthly upkeep of Sh50,000 for their baby born in March 2009.
?The petitioner and the respondent have been separated since November 2011. For the above reasons, this court has no option but to annul the marriage,? said Justice Kimaru.
Daisy accused Prezzo of committing adultery and physical abuse on her. The couple solemnised their marriage on December 2008 at Karen Country Lodge. But the couple have lived separately since November 2011.
?It is clear that indeed the marriage between the Petitioner (Daisy) and the respondent (Prezzo) has irretrievably broken down,? said Judge Kimaru.
The judge said the instances of cruelty cited by Daisy are not conducive for the health of a successful marriage.
Daisy told the court in her evidence that Prezzo had committed adultery with various women and particularly a former model, Joy Wanjohi. Prezzo had also been verbally abusive causing her mental stress and anxiety. He physically abused her and failed to abide by his financial responsibilities.
Other allegations raised by Daisy against her former husband were that he drinks alcohol heavily and consumes narcotic drugs almost on a daily basis after which he subjects her to verbal and physical abuse.
Prezzo purportedly invited his friends to their matrimonial home where they consumed the drugs and alcohol in front of her and the child, Daisy told the court.
Daisy said Prezzo had left her to bring up the child on her own preferring to be out with his friends drinking and taking drugs. She had to resort to requesting her parents for financial help to pay for the upkeep of the child, medical and education costs.
When she filed the divorce, Daisy said Prezzo was living at his mother?s house after a verbal confrontation between them. She says Prezzo left their matrimonial home and after a week, she saw an article in the newspapers that he is in a relationship with Joy Wanjohi.
During an interview granted The Standard in January 2012, Prezzo spoke about his troubled marriage, his love affair with former model Joy Wanjohi and his two-year old baby. During the interview, the rapper was accompanied by Joy.
Story By: Pamela Chepkemei