, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – Meru Senator Franklin Linturi was duly introduced to the family of Marianne Kitany, the court heard on Tuesday.
Kitany’s mother Rodah Chepkoech told a magistrate court in an ongoing divorce case her daughter informed the family about her engagement to Linturi.
Chepkoech testified that she was subsequently made aware of the couple’s visit to Austria in 2016 accompanied by the senator’s children. The trip was meant to familiarize Linturi’s children to Kitany’s son who was studying there.
The refusal by the senator that marriage never existed is a complete lie, Chepkoech told the court.
The mother took the witness stand after Kitany completed her testimony last week.
She is the second witness to testify in the divorce case filed by Kitany against the senator.
Before the proceedings began Kitany’s lawyer, Danstun Omari, sought leave to file an application seeking summons against East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Mpuri Aburi, whom he accused of threatening witnesses who are yet to give evidence in the divorce case.
Omari said the threats were issued during the burial of Linturi’s father last week.
Kitany in her re-examination by her lawyer said indeed some witnesses from Meru whom she had lined up to testify had indicated that they have been threatened and therefore they will not come to give their evidence in the contested divorce.
She indicated that their marriage was sealed on March 26, 2018 and not April 16, 2016 as indicated in an invitation card saying the dates were changed on mutual agreement.
“The disputed marriage by the senator can be confirmed through photos and the sworn affidavit presented to the court,” her representation told the court.
The marriage was conducted according to the Nandi customary law and was attended by Linturi and relatives.
She told the court that contrary to assertions by the senator that he has never visited Sopa lodge, where the two are said to have mate for the first time, Lintur
Kitany asserted that Linturi met her at Sopa lodge in Naivasha when he was to move an impeachment motion against Kirinyaga Governor Anne Mumbi, who was then Devolution Cabinet Secretary, in the National Assembly.
“Its first not first time we visited the lodge, we’d done it several times” she testified.
She further stated that she spent Sh8 million to put up a house for Linturi’s late father.
“I did also spend Sh26 million contribution towards the building of Linturi’s house at his rural home,” Kitany said.
The hearing will continue on September 25.