KTN News Anchor and political news editor Ben Kitili is unfazed amid criticism from a section of muslim faithful after he wedded his lifelong fiancé Amina Mude, a Muslim raised in Wajir.
The former K24 news anchor and Amina made their union official on Friday November 16 at the Attorney General’s office in Nairobi before proceeding to host close family and friends at the wedding reception at Panari Hotel.
But it was not all smooth for the couple; Kitili took to twitter in defiance over online backlash from hardliners who believe that Muslims ought not to marry from another religion.
You condemn and not cong
This is harram marriage or elegal marriage
— عبدالحق (@abdulha72784232) November 21, 2018
A great day when I married the wife of my youth..thanks for your warm wishes..
To my Muslim/Somali brothers & sisters; thanks a lot..
— Ben Kitili (@Ben_Kitili) November 21, 2018
Kitili’s fellow news anchor Linda Oguttu also took to social media to congratulate him.
Saw your love blossom over the years….Congratulations Partner……
— Lindah Oguttu (@lindahoguttu) November 21, 2018
Kenyans, on the other hand, are in awe of his courage. They were impressed by his decision to soldier on despite the negative comments from naysayers.
Hey @Ben_Kitili congratulations. Sasa if your folks chase my camels from Kitui, I will come for my sister!
— Mohamed Wehliye (@WehliyeMohamed) November 21, 2018
Congrats Ben!you're lucky 😊
— Basra Aden👑 (@bdunto6) November 21, 2018
Hongera! Wenye wivu wameze wembe! Only God is supreme! Religion is just a conveying belt!
— gedion oyawa (@gedion_oyawa) November 21, 2018
Congratulations @Ben_Kitili! indeed you've broken the artificial barriers; prejudices & stereotypes that have no place in our present society. You've confirmed that indeed, these Trumpish mentality that community X Can't get along with Community Y is obsolete & archaic. Enjoy bro pic.twitter.com/TVpXExSR4k
— Owino🇰🇪Kotieno™ (@owinokotieno) November 20, 2018
Cross-religious marriage is a sticking issue across the world. According to Islamic law, Muslim women are not allowed to marry non-Muslims.