An aggrieved wife allegedly interrupted a Pastor’s wedding with another woman, an incident which reportedly on Thursday, December 6.
Eyewitnesses alleged that the Tanzanian pastor, Julius Andrew’s first wife, Maria Stoni, stormed the church in Kibaha, where her husband was just about exchanging wedding vows with his new bride, simply identified as Stella, and abruptly stopped the wedding.
It was gathered that when the officiating minister, Bishop John Mzule, asked the lady to prove that she was indeed Andrew’s wife, she immediately produced a marriage certificate showing that she and Andrew exchanged wedding vows on September 25, 2010 at the Gospel Revival Assemblies of God church in Mlandizi, Tanzania.
Sources disclosed that, Andrew and Stella had chosen the Gospel Revival Assemblies of God church in Mbagala Kuu as their wedding venue before changing it to another church in Kibaha. However the wife who was told about the Pastor’s wedding with another woman at a different venue, showed up with proof that they are married.
Andrew who confirmed that he knew Maria, however claimed that he had been granted divorce from his estranged wife. The Pastor went further to show Bishop Mzule a ‘divorce document’, who dismissed it as “fake”, saying if it was indeed authentic, then Maria would be having her copy.
Bishop Mzule who called off the wedding, said Stella and Andrew would only be confirmed as husband and wife once investigations into Andrew’s “controversial” marriage are completed. Maria who however disclosed that their 8-year-marriage began having cracks when Stella came into the picture sometime in 2017, added that she “can’t force a man to love her if he doesn’t want me”.
“If he does not want to be with me, I won’t coerce him. I surrender to the fate, and ask him to divide the matrimonial wealth – in half – with me. We, as a couple, own a parcel of land in Mbande, a motorcycle, a refrigerator, a bed, a mattress, utensils and house items. I need them so that I can start my life afresh. Once that is granted, then Andrew can remarry if he so wishes,” Maria told Global Publishers.