In order to prevent an impending family quarrel, a Thika Court ordered a family of two wives and 13 children to bury their spouse on the line between their two neighboring parcels of land.
In addition, Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo ruled that both parties should have easy access to the cemetery and that the burial should be dug equally from both sides of the property.
Ann Njeri Mbote, the second wife, petitioned the court to halt the funeral arrangements on the grounds that she had not been involved in them since her husband, with whom she had six children, passed away.
Additionally, it was mandated that a Title Deed for that specific parcel of property be issued to the family of the late prominent Kiambu businessman, Christopher Mbote, listing the names of the two women with whom he had a combined 13 children.
“The Court directs that Christopher Mbote’s body be interred on the property known as LR13537/101, where he was killed. that the mother title’s place of burial be removed, and a new title in the joint names of the two wives be issued in its place,” Orders were given by CM Atambo.
Both wives, who were each represented by a lawyer, concurred that the deceased will be buried on February 3rd as the court directed and that no one will be left outside during the burial preparations.
We’ll do all in our power to keep these two families happy. In the future, we pray that Christopher’s family will be able to coexist in accordance with his wishes. We thank the judges for the mediation. In a statement to Citizen Digital, attorney Mungai Wainaina spoke on behalf of the second wife.
Mbote, who was 78 years old and had seven children with his first wife Margret Waithira, wanted to be buried in his rural Gatundu home, according to his family. Last Monday, following a protracted illness, he passed away at a Nairobi hospital.
Prior to the second wife filing a lawsuit to stop the burial, which was scheduled to take place today, the deceased was going to be buried on Friday. The first wife had already excavated a grave on her property.