This man had been in pain and distress for close to ten years due to a misunderstanding in the family that led him and his brother not talking to one another for such a long period. He had a painful testimony that was evident at how he hesitated between his conversations. This is his testimony;
His brother’s son (nephew) came to him asking for help to start a butchery business and so he gladly accepted to give him the capital as he viewed him like his own blood child.
Since the butchery was not far from his home, the nephew one day brought some meat and requested his aunt(this man’s wife) to prepare some food that he would join them for dinner after the close of business. This man said he was not home at the time but came later in the evening and got to know about the planned dinner visit. So his nephew and a friend joined them about 7 P.M in the evening and since everything was set in the dining room, they sat down for the meal.
His nephew did all the serving and they really had a great evening, he and the friend bade them goodbye and went home. But the following day when he was at work and in a meeting, he got a call from his cousin that his nephew had been admitted to hospital and is in a serious condition. So he immediately dismissed the meeting and took a cab to the hospital where he found his brother and his wife. He got to know that his nephew was in the ICU in a bad shape and the reason for his condition was due to food poisoning. His then comment that he was with his nephew the previous night and enjoyed a meal and so he wondered where he could have eaten poisoned food.
His woos started right there since his brother’s wife pushed her husband aside, they mumbled something and walked away and from then they refused to talk to him again. So he had no option but to go home because he felt that he was unwanted. What’s more word went round that he had poisoned his nephew and so the villagers also rejected him and the worst of it all, the nephew passed on after two days and so he was immediately branded a murderer.
To date he still maintained that he was not responsible for the death of his brother’s son and he gave accounts that show his nephew still went out to unknown areas the day they had dinner together. According to the guard at the gate where he was living, he at first came, took a coat and then left. Then he came later in the night and since he was living in his aunt’s compound, his cousin revealed that he had heard him mixing something in a glass in his room. What’s more his brother’s son, he had approached his aunt and told her that they ought to forgive him for he had taken some poison.
With all these instances that show the young man may have been responsible for his death, it did not change anything in the way his brother’s family felt. Trying to talk to his brother bore no fruits for he said it still remained that he poisoned his son for being jealous of him for having many children, this man in this case has only one child, a son. It’s true that his brother’s saw the glass that the deceased may have used to take poison but they said it looked like he had mixed in it an egg maybe after feeling uncomfortable from the poison he may have been given and so the glass was thrown away in the pit latrine.
So this man took this opportunity to tell everyone including those in his village what may have happened and prove his innocence. He regrets that had that glass been taken for further analysis, may be this would have shed more light on this difficult incident. He was wanted to relieve pain that has been eating him for such a long time. This is a sad incident that only represents situations where innocent people may carry a cross that may not be theirs.