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Teenage girl tells court not to spoil her wedding

05 October 2012, 17:55 James Kabotia

Drama erupted at a Nanyuki law court on Thursday when a teenage old girl told the senior resident magistrate Caroline Obara that she would kill herself if the court blocks her wedding.

Tabitha Wangui Wanjira’s father had filed an injunction stopping the marriage on 25th August this year claiming that she is only 16 years old.

Mr. Joseph Migwi Weru told the court that he brought up Wangui for 10 years and that he has no doubt that his daughter is under age and not fit for marriage.

However, Wangui and her mother Lucy Wanjira Ndirangu dismissed the claims and produced an national identification card which Wangu said that it was issued to her on 13th August 2012.

Wanjira said that her daughter was 18 years old and that she lost some crucial documents like her birth certificate during a blaze that torched her house years back.

According to a letter produced in court from the Laikipia Central District Children Office, Wangui’s parent separated on 11th December 1999 but five months later, the father followed and abducted her and other two younger children.

It also stated that the father brought them up for ten years until 2010 when Wangui ran away to stay with her mother claiming that the father mistreated and tortured her through beatings and even in one occasion burnt her clothes.

While with the mum, subject joined Lamuria Secondary School but dropped out in April 2011 to pursue a salon course.

The letter further continued that when the girl expressed her wish to get married, negotiations began and the father was consulted. The father is said to have consented but later changed his mind due to disagreement on dowry payment.

Ms Obara had issued a court order to the DCIO Laikipia East on 11th September to urgently conduct investigations including subjection of Tabby Wangui to an age assessment by a qualified doctor.

In a letter dated 19th September this year, the Medical Officer of Health Laikipia District said that Tabitha Wangui Wanjira had undergone proper examination and that she is approximately 18 years old.

The senior resident magistrate said that she had perused between all the documents presented including the age assessment.

Ms Obara issued summon to the registrar of birth certificate and Medical Officer of Health Nanyuki District Hospital.

The mention date was fixed on October 18.

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