In Summary
  • Mr Protus Wanyama Mamati accused Patrick Wanjala Marango of pulling his daughter Jackline out of school, eloping with her and ignoring calls to observe marriage traditions.

  • Jackline was in Form 3 at Kitale’s Sirende Secondary School in 2011, when Marango convinced her to abandon studies for marriage.

  • Mr Mamati also said he had tried to reach out to the son several times without success.

A farmer on Thursday took his son-in-law to court for failing to pay him the bride price.

Mr Protus Wanyama Mamati accused Patrick Wanjala Marango of pulling his daughter Jackline out of school, eloping with her and ignoring calls to observe marriage traditions.

Jackline was in Form 3 at Kitale’s Sirende Secondary School in 2011, when Marango convinced her to abandon studies for marriage, Mamati told Kitale Resident Magistrate Peter Wasike.

“My daughter was doing very well in school until she was pulled out for marriage. Up to now the man has never bothered to come to us for a formal introduction or even pay dowry. It is just like he stole my daughter,” Mr Mamati said and asked the court to compel the son to observe the Bukusu rites and traditions to the letter.

DEMANDED SH50,000

Mr Mamati caused laughter in court when he said his son in-law ought to have started paying up by buying him a hat as he saved money to settle the rest.

The son had neither visited his home to formally introduce himself and neither had he ever sent any token of appreciation in the six years he had been living with his daughter, he said and demanded Sh50, 000 for himself, Sh25, 000 for his wife, 13 cows, two goats, two blankets, two bed sheets, one hat, a pair of gumboots and 20 litres of paraffin.

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