Monday, April 15, 2024

Kenya: Excessive Court docket Declines to Halt Kiptum’s Burial Amid Paternity Dispute


Eldoret — The burial of World Marathon file holder Kelvin Kiptum will proceed Friday as scheduled, because the Excessive Court docket rejected a plea to halt it in a paternity case by a girl claiming to have a toddler with him.

Edna Owuor, a 22-year-old lady, filed the applying, alleging she had a toddler with the late marathoner, who died in an accident alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana on February 11, 2023.

By means of her lawyer Joseph Oyaro, Owuor argued that their one-year and seven-month-old kid’s rights could be jeopardized if the burial proceeded with out correct consideration.

Nevertheless, the Excessive Court docket in Eldoret dismissed the applying, stating there was inadequate justification to halt the burial proceedings.

Owuor, accompanied by the kid, appeared in courtroom in search of to postpone the burial scheduled for Friday, citing exclusion from the funeral preparations. She additionally requested DNA testing to verify paternity.

Justice Robert Wananda famous that in depth burial preparations had already been made at appreciable expense, deeming it unjust to delay the interment.

President William Ruto is anticipated to attend the burial ceremony.

Kiptum’s physique has been moved from the mortuary in Eldoret to his residence in preparation for the funeral.

Following Kiptum’s loss of life, President Ruto ordered the federal government to assemble a home for the deceased, which was accomplished in a file one week and handed over on Wednesday.

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