BY SAM ALFAN.
A Nairobi court has okayed the release of the body of Matungu MP Justus Makokha Murunga for burial this Saturday.
The court directed Lee Funeral Home to release the body to his two wives Christabel and Grace or the burial committee for interment on November 28, 2020 as earlier planned unless the parties agree to reschedule the ceremony.
Senior resident magistrate Peter Mukholi at the same time allowed Ms Agnes Wangui Wambiri to extract DNA samples for the body to confirm the paternity of her two children.
Wambiri and the minors will also be free to attend the burial in Matungu, Kakamega county after the two widows indicated that they had no plans of stopping her.
“That this exercise to be undertaken today the 27th day of November, 2020 at 1.30pm at the Lee Funeral Home. That the Applicant is at liberty to have a pathologist of her choice whereas the respondents are also allowed to appoint pathologists of their choice. That each party to bear the cost of their pathologist,” ordered the Magistrate.
Wambiri’s lawyer Danstan Omari said it was a win for children born out of wedlock against customs that are barbaric where once a husband and father dies, uncles chase away the kids and wives for their selfish agenda of dispossessing the og their inheritance
“If a man has decided to have a woman and children let no man or woman try to put asunder those who have been in love,” said Omari.
During the hearing on Thursday, Wambiri urged court to allow her to produce Mpesa statements, to prove that Murunga used to support them. The widows, however said the MPesa statements have not been verified.
Wambiri reiterated that the deceased always supported her and the children by contributing towards the maintenance of the children until November 12, 2020, two days prior to his sudden death.
She adds that failure to attach the documents was neither deliberate nor intentional on my part, but due to procedural and documentary requirements that ought to be met before accessing the documents.