The Star (Kenya)

Ka­ji­ado fam­ily or­dered to sur­ren­der widow’s prop­erty

As soon as hus­band was in­terred, in-laws de­scended on her prop­erty and live­stock

- KURGAT MARINDANY/A Crime · Nairobi

Ka­ji­ado fam­ily was on Thurs­day or­dered to sur­ren­der money and live­stock they had forcibly taken from a widow.

Na­manga as­sis­tant county com­mis­sioner Mulle Komora or­dered the fam­ily to sur­ren­der to Peris Sian Sh312,500 which was part of the money raised by friends of her late hus­band Jack­son Kisimir.

Komora sum­moned all the fam­ily mem­bers to her Na­manga of­fice and warned them that they will face the law if they fail to re­turn the more than 20 cows to Sian and the money within seven days.

Kisimir, a county gov­ern­ment worker, died in July fol­low­ing a long strug­gle with ill­ness.

“The widow has all the right to ac­cess the prop­erty of her hus­band. The late gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial passed on when he was legally mar­ried to Sian, and there­fore no other fam­ily mem­ber can pur­port to be an over­seer of the fam­ily left be­hind by the de­ceased,” warned Komora.

Dur­ing the fu­neral in Maili Tisa area of Na­manga on July 21, Sian says the trea­surer told her Sh1.2 mil­lion was raised. The money was col­lected in Nairobi, Meto area of Ka­ji­ado, Maili Tisa home, and at the county gov­ern­ment of­fices.

“Af­ter the burial of my hus­band, my in-laws took over all the money and later on took all my cows leav­ing me and my three chil­dren with­out food or any sup­port,” Sian said.

When no mem­ber of the fam­ily would lis­ten to her, Sian sought as­sis­tance from the Na­manga CID of­fices and the ACC’S of­fice.

The po­lice and the ACC or­dered Kisimir’s two broth­ers to sur­ren­der to the widow the balances of all the col­lected sum.

It was later estab­lished that the two broth­ers, Thomas Ka­manka and Kisimir Meijo, had jointly opened a bank ac­count at KCB in Ka­ji­ado that had a bal­ance of Sh312,000.

Ka­manka claimed the fam­ily in­tended to man­age the re­sources of their late brother in “an or­gan­ised man­ner” and en­sure that his three chil­dren com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion.

He claimed some of the money was paid to pastors who con­ducted prayers dur­ing the fu­neral, while the rest catered for food and trans­port for rel­a­tives who at­tended the fu­neral.

Kisimir was sur­vived by his widow and three chil­dren. The el­dest child is in univer­sity, while the two oth­ers are in sec­ondary school.

 ?? /KURGAT MARINDANY ?? Peris Sian and her three chil­dren at their Maili Tisa home
/KURGAT MARINDANY Peris Sian and her three chil­dren at their Maili Tisa home

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