Dad stops son's burial following land disputes
02 March 2015, 10:31
Nakuru - The burial arrangements of a boda boda operator in Nakuru county have been thrown into disarray after his 99-year-old father moved to court seeking orders to stop his interment.
Lady Justice Abigael Mshila directed parties in the suit filed by Benjamin Kibiwott Chesulut, a former teacher, to appear in court for an interparties hearing on Monday as the court seeks an amicable solution to the matter.
The judge further stopped the burial until the dispute surrounding the burial site is heard and determined.
Wilson Kerich, who died on February 15 in a motorcycle accident near Molo town, was to be buried at his Keringet home in Molo sub-county two weeks ago.
However, his father moved to court claiming that the deceased’s home was illegally within his 60 acre parcel of land.
His body has been laying at the Molo District hospital mortuary as his family braces for a vigorous court battle that only serves to add insult to their sorrow.
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Differences emerged in the family over the burial site of the deceased after the father disowned the family arguing that he was not legally married to the deceased’s mother.
Kibiwott, a polygamist, further claimed that the late Kerich was not part of his family and that they had no right to bury his body in his land.
The deceased’s brother, Charles Kerich who spoke to News24, said that the wailing, cries and tears, that would have accompanied his brother’s burial have been laid to rest and the family is now in a state of confusion.
“Relatives and friends have suspended paying tribute to my brother as we battle for his burial site,” he said.
The deceased’s mother, Mary Chelagat who is the first accused in the suit, wants the court to order for a DNA test to ascertain the paternity of her children in a bid to end the row.
Chesulut, also a former manager of Kirobon farm, also owns other parcels of land in Ngata, Subukia, where he has settled his other four wives.
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