Ki­bor’s wife re­jects di­vorce, says there is no rea­son to part ways

He ac­cuses her of de­ser­tion, cru­elty and in­ter­fer­ing with his own­er­ship of 800 acres in Kip­k­abus. ‘I mar­ried her af­ter I had al­ready bought the land reg­is­tered in my name’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

The wife of an El­doret politi­cian and farmer has re­jected a di­vorce case filed by her hus­band, say­ing there are no rea­sons to part with him af­ter 51 years of mar­riage.

Josephine, sec­ond wife of Jack­son Ki­bor, filed a re­sponse in the court, say­ing she had no dif­fer­ences with the 82-year-old politi­cian to war­rant the di­vorce. Through lawyer Amos Magut, she de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions made by Ki­bor against her. She said they have been liv­ing in har­mony since they got mar­ried.

Ki­bor filed a di­vorce case at a court in El­doret, seek­ing to end the mar­riage with Josephine, 67. He ac­cused her of de­ser­tion, cru­elty and in­ter­fer­ing with his own­er­ship of 800 acres in Kip­k­abus, Uasin Gishu county.

But Josephine links the dis­pute be­tween them to a de­mand by Ki­bor to be al­lowed to sell part of their land, which she re­jected. “Ki­bor mar­ried his third wife Naomi in 1975 and moved to live with her. In 2002, he mar­ried Yu­nita and moved to live with his lat­est flame at Kebenes. But he has been mak­ing fre­quent vis­its to his mat­ri­mo­nial home at Kip­k­abus and Josephine has thus not de­serted the home,” Josephine says in her af­fi­davit.

But dur­ing the hear­ing on Fri­day, Ki­bor told se­nior prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate Charles Obu­lutsa he has not spent time with Josephine for 30 years and wants the court to can­cel their mar­riage cer­tifi­cate is­sued in 1965. “She is my wife, but I have not slept in the house I built for her for the last 30 years. She does not re­spect me and she has been aban­don­ing the farm for long, caus­ing the death of my live­stock and chick­ens,” Ki­bor said.

Lawyer Magut said prob­lems started af­ter Ki­bor mar­ried Yu­nita. “Ki­bor’s pe­ti­tion is with­out ba­sis and is merely founded on mal­ice and black­mail to force Josephine to ac­cept the sale of their mat­ri­mo­nial home at Kip­k­abus,” Josephine’s re­ply reads.

She said she has never com­mit­ted adul­tery, cru­elty or de­ser­tion against Ki­bor. “The case has no le­gal and fac­tual ba­sis and should be dis­missed with costs,” Josephine ar­gues.

Ki­bor on Fri­day also ac­cused Josephine of im­pos­ing a caveat on the land to bar him from sell­ing it. “I mar­ried her af­ter I had al­ready bought the land, which is reg­is­tered in my name. She can­not stop me from sell­ing the land and I will still sell it be­cause its mine. She did not come with the land or any­thing when I mar­ried her,” he said. Ki­bor said he had four wives and three are alive. He said, only Josephine causes him prob­lems. The hear­ing of the case con­tin­ues on Septem­ber 9.

/ MATHEWS NDANYI

Politi­cian and farmer Jack­son Ki­bor and wife Josephine in an El­doret court on Fri­day

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