Kenyan Court Orders Two Wives To Bury Husband At The Boundary Between Their Properties
A Kenyan court has ordered a family of two wives and 13 children to bury their husband on a boundary between their two neighbouring pieces of land to avoid an impending family dispute.
Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo also ordered that the grave should be dug equally from both sides of the land and that both parties should have ease in accessing the graveyard.
The now-deceased’s second wife, Ann Njeri Mbote, was the one who went to court to stop the burial preparations.
She argued that she has not been involved in preparations since the death of her husband with whom they had six children.
The family of the late Christopher Mbote of Kiambu was also ordered to have a Title Deed of that particular piece of land bearing the names of the two wives with whom he had sired a total of 13 children. Ruled CM Atambo:
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The Court orders that the deceased Christopher Mbote be buried on a parcel of land known as LR13537/101.
That the place of burial shall be excised from the mother title and a separate title thereof shall be issued in the joint names of the two wives.
Both wives, represented by their lawyers, agreed that the deceased will be buried on 3 February.
Mbote (78), had sired seven children with his first wife, Margret Waithira.
According to his family, he wished to be buried in his rural home in Gatundu.
He was supposed to be buried on Friday before the second wife went to court to block the process.
The first wife had already dug a grave on her property.
Mbote died at a Nairobi hospital on Monday last week after a long illness. | Citizen Digital