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Man Cheers As Court Orders His In-laws To Refund Dowry

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A court has approved a 52-year-old Kenyan man’s dowry refund petition after the failure of his marriage.

The ex-couple, Wilberforce Murunga and Irine Khasoa got married in 2017.

After their marriage was annulled in 2021 in a Kitale court, he dragged his former in-laws to the chief magistrate in December 2021, demanding a dowry refund.

He also asked for a repayment of three cows, one she-goat, a pair of gumboots, and a hat after his two-year marriage to their daughter fell apart.

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Reports stated that after one year and six months of marriage, his wife abandoned their marital home and that according to Bukusu customs, he was entitled to a refund.

He said:
I paid Sh50,000, three Ayrshire heifers, one cross Ayrshire bullock, one she-goat, a pair of gumboots, and a hat as bride price. I have a copy of the dowry negotiation agreement which was counter-signed by representatives of both families.”

Murunga further claimed before Kitale Chief Magistrate, Julius Ngar that his mother-in-law and her daughter had conspired to defraud him of his hard-earned money.

However, the Kitale mediation court, in its judgment on Saturday, May 14, 2022, ordered that the three cows, a she-goat, and KSh 20, 000 be refunded.

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It was gathered that Murunga and his brother, Fred Matumbayi then proceeded to Kiungani at the Chief’s office in Baraton to pick up the animals and cash from his in-laws.

Afterwards, Murunga said he was happy that justice had finally been served.

He said:
I am excited and happy that the court has done justice for me. Since the aggressor happens to be a lawyer I never thought I would win this case and I thank God.”

The man also urged men suffering in silence to come out and trust a court for justice.

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