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I have Kelvin Kiptum’s baby and I want burial stopped now, woman tells court

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The High Court judge in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county in Kenya has rejected a request to halt the burial of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum. This decision came after a 22-year-old woman, claiming to be the mother of Kiptum’s 1 and a half-year-old child, went to court to stop his burial scheduled for February 23, 2024.

The woman sought a temporary injunction to prevent Kiptum’s body from being released from Eldoret Hospital Mortuary and disposed of until the court could hear and decide on her application. Represented by her lawyer Joseph Oyaro, Edna Owuor requested that Kiptum’s body be taken to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for a DNA test to establish paternity.

She also demanded that her child be recognized as a beneficiary of Kiptum’s estate, claiming that they had been excluded from family arrangements. According to court documents, the applicant expressed concerns about the child’s welfare if paternity was not established before the burial.

However, Eldoret High Court Judge Justice Wananda declined to grant the injunction, allowing the burial to proceed. Kiptum’s body was moved from Eldoret Hospital to Iten for viewing, followed by prayers at his home in Chepsamo, Chepkorio in Elgeyo Marakwet County. The burial ceremony is scheduled to take place tomorrow, where Kiptum will be laid to rest in Naiberi, Uasin Gishu County.

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