Ki­bor wife calls co-wife, 3 wit­nesses to save wed­lock

Josephine and the vet­eran politi­cian have been mar­ried 51 years. He wants a di­vorce be­cause she op­poses his plan to sell part of their 800 acres

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

Vet­eran politi­cian Jack­son Ki­bor’s sec­ond wife Josephine will call her co-wife and three wit­nesses to de­fend her mar­riage of 51 years. Ki­bor filed for di­vorce, ac­cus­ing her of de­ser­tion and cru­elty.

Josephine will take the stand today at a court in El­doret. She says there is no rea­son to part ways af­ter 51 years. Among the wit­nesses is Ki­bor’s third wife Naomi Chep­too, who says they are all hap­pily mar­ried.

Ki­bor tes­ti­fied two weeks ago. He said he would not pro­duce any wit­nesses but later said he might, de­pend­ing ev­i­dence given by his wife’s wit­nesses.

Josephine says she has lived in har- mony with the 82-year-old politi­cian since they got mar­ried. Through lawyer Amos Magut, she has de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions made by Ki­bor against her.

He has ac­cused Josephine, 67, of in­ter­fer­ing with his own­er­ship of 800 acres in Kip­k­abus, Uasin Gishu, by ob­tain­ing a caveat bar­ring him from sell­ing it.

Ki­bor caused laugh­ter in the court when he said Josephine did not bring the land to the mar­riage and it should not be her con­cern.

Lawyer Magut told the court Josephine had no is­sues with Ki­bor. “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,” he said.

But Ki­bor said he has not spent time with her in 30 years and wants their mar­riage cer­tifi­cate is­sued in 1965 can­celled. “She does not re­spect me and has aban­doned the farm, caus­ing the death of my live­stock and chick­ens,” he said.

/ MATHEWS NDANYI

Politi­cian Jack­son Ki­bor’s wife Josphine (R) in court dur­ing hear­ing of the di­vorce case two weeks ago

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