Polyandry, like polygamy, is the marital or social relationship in which a woman is married and may cohabit with more than one man in the same house.
Human polyandry has always been more speculative than practiced. Meanwhile, people who justify polygamy as being cultural should be careful of such an argument as polyandry was also a part of certain cultures – not just in Africa but around the world.
Its practice has rarely been accepted in human societies the world over. Although women are also prone to having multiple partners like men.
35-year-old Rael Mukeku, from Kathekakai village in Makueni County, Kenya shocked the world by marrying two men living in same house for 11 years now. The men are Muema Nguu (50) and Mutuku Muia (45)
Mukeku got married to her first husband, then the second man moved into their compound to join that marriage as a second husband.
The mother of 11 says she married her first husband in 1992, aged only 10 after dropping out of school at standard two.
“I married my first husband in 1992 and we were blessed with our first child the following year. I have had 10 other children since then,” Ms Mukeku told Daily Nation.
After getting seven children with his first husband, the woman then married a second man despite living in poverty.
“The second husband came when I had seven children already. He didn’t like taking care of the children unless some of them were his and this is how we ended up getting more children,” she reveals.
Ms Mukeku says that whenever her husbands happen to be at home at the same time “they do not fight over anything because they agreed to be in this relationship”.
Unlike Mr Muia, who spends all his nights at home, Mr Nguu comes home at most twice in a month