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Husband allowed to bury his police constable wife after 7-month legal tussle with in-laws

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The body of a former police officer attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) can now be buried by her husband and not her siblings, seven months after she died.

Kakamega Senior Resident Magistrate Erick Malesi ruled that although there were no marriage documents to show Police Constable Jane Robi was married to Evans Ajega, there was proof their relationship was beyond that of mere friends.

The Magistrate said the action by the DCI Headquarters to communicate to Ajega telling him the officer had died confirmed that he was the next of kin.

Robi died on June 28, 2018 in Nakuru while on a visit to her sister, Susan Wenkulu. Her kin kept Ajega in the dark about the demise and went ahead with burial arrangements.She said Ajega had not paid the bride price and therefore had no right to bury her.

Ajega moved to court seeking to have the body released to him, saying the deceased must be buried at their matrimonial land in Kitale as opposed to her maiden home in Kuria, Migori County.

The court stopped her family from interring the remains until the matter is heard and determined.The body was preserved at Pastor Machage Memorial Mortuary in Migori during the trial.

Ajega told the court he married the deceased in 1996 and have three children though he never paid dowry.In his judgment, the Magistrate observed that the defendants in the suit who were Robi’s sister and two cousins were economical with truth.“

I gathered from the testimonies of the defendants and their general demeanor that they knew the relationship was not a mere friendship but of nature of marriage. Maybe there was opposition to such relationship which hampered its formalisation and she died before the matters were ironed out.”

Wenkulu told the court that two among the three children Ajega claimed he sired with Robi were not his children.The magistrate upheld that since the birth certificates of all the children indicted he was their father, it spoke volumes to counter Wenkulu’s allegations.

“The plaintiff never underwent customary rites of passage with the deceased for more than 20 years of their marriage. I am satisfied given the evidence placed before me, it is safe to presume existence of marriage between the two,” said the magistrate.

Malesi dismissed assertions by the defendants that Robi had bad blood with Ajega.He said Robi was a police officer attached to the DCI and if Ajega had wronged her the course she would likely have taken was to drag him through the criminal justice process.

Source: Standard media

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We were not happy anymore – Lilian Muli speaks on split from ex-husband

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Days after K24 news anchor Betty Kyallo opened up to her Instagram followers that she is happy that her ex-husband Dennis Okari has moved on, Lilian Muli has taken a cue.

Speaking to Kalekye Mumo, Muli disclosed that her relationship with ex-husband, Moses Njuguna Kanene, came to a slow, grinding halt and they had to go their separate ways.

The Citizen TV anchor narrated that though the relationship was bliss at first, it reached a point where she felt “strangulated.”

She added that they mutually agreed to part ways and still remain friends to date.

I was young, I was a small girl. That seems like a long time ago but it was pretty romantic. He was my friend, he remain my friend to date. He is an extremely romantic gentleman and so he guided me a lot along that process, it is what it is, things didn’t work out. He is a person I respect to date

We were not happy anymore, and we just got to a place where you know we were not friends anymore, and I felt strangulated, I just felt that the Lilian I knew was getting suffocated in this environment and we mutually opted it was not working. We agreed to go separate ways. It is easier that way, there is no unnecessary drama. Once you have a child with someone really that person is your life forever,” Muli told Kalyekye.

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PHOTOS: Langata MP Nixon Korir weds lover in exclusive ceremony

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A day after NTV anchor Dennis Okari exchanged vows with Naomi Joy in an invite-only ceremony along Kiambu Road, Saturday the 16th was Nixon Korir’s turn.

The Langata MP wedded his longtime lover Beryl Zoraima at an exclusive wedding held at the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi.

The event was graced by family and friends as well as the who’s who in the political and entertainment scene.

Take a look at photos from the ceremony below…

 

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Murder most foul: Woman denies killing her ‘mother’

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Suspect is accused of stabbing elderly woman 15 times in the neck, chest and stomach

Bernadette Njoki Gachinga, 33, was adopted by Esther Wangari Kanuri at the age of three months after being dumped by her biological mother.

But, on the evening of February 23, 2014, Ms Kanuri was brutally killed by unknown assailants at her home in Kihuyo village, Nyeri town. The slain civil servant’s body was found by her husband, Michael Kanuri, lying in a pool of blood in her adopted daughter’s bedroom.

Ms Njoki turned out to be the prime suspect in the murder. It is alleged that she attacked her foster mother while she was taking tea in her living room and stabbed her more than 15 times in the neck, chest and stomach. She allegedly later dragged the body to her bedroom, locked it from the outside and escaped to Nyeri town.

Ms Kanuri, who was suffering from arthritis, had just arrived home from a church service at Kihuyo Presbyterian Church of East Africa.

Although Ms Njoki has since denied killing her foster mother, the court found that she has a case to answer.

During her defence at the High Court in Nyeri on Thursday, Ms Njoki admitted hating her foster mother. The court was told she made Ms Kanuri’s life a living hell after discovering she was not her biological mother.

Justice Abigail Mshila heard that Ms Njoki was a wild and indisciplined girl since her days in high school and was addicted to drugs like bhang and alcohol.

While being cross-examined by State Counsel Emma Gicheha and lawyer Gitonga Muthee for the deceased’s family, Ms Njoki admitted that she became errant and defiant to her foster mother after completing primary school education in 2001.

“I discovered that she was not my biological parent after snooping into a cabinet in the house that was always locked. I was 14 years then and I told my brother that we are adopted children. I became confused and escaped from home for one month to look for my biological mother but I later returned,” Ms Njoki said.

She admitted harbouring a grudge against Ms Kanuri for reasons she did not disclose. She said she was not bitter although Ms Kanuri had not told her she was adopted.

Ms Njoki is accused of stabbing her foster mother to death following an altercation caused by her indiscipline. The disagreement allegedly arose after Ms Kanuri asked her why she had not reported to her workplace in Nyeri town where she was operating a fruits parlour.

The prosecution told the court Ms Njoki, while in high school, wrote a letter to her foster father telling him how she hated her foster mother.

“Remember I wrote to you an SMS telling you that I hate mum. I was angry. I wish I got to know my real mother,” reads the letter.

Source: Daily Nation

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