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Details Emerge: Kiptum’s Father Lied to the Media About the World Marathon Holder Being His Only Child

by Paul Nyongesa
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In the wake of the tragic loss of marathoner Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hazikimana in a fatal accident, the story took a poignant turn as new information surfaced about Kiptum’s family composition.

Initially believed to be the only child of his parents, Samson Cheruiyot and Mary Chepkiyeng, it is now emerging that Kiptum has a sister named Rodah Chemutai.

Speaking to media on February 12, 2024, hours after the death of Kelvin Kiptum, Mr Samson Cheruiyot claimed that Kiptum was his only child.

“Let me tell you. Kiptum was my only child. Just him. Now he has left me behind, his wife and his children. I have no other child. My wife had a little problem and the hospital just told us to stay like that. I agreed and we made peace with that. Right now, I don’t know what to say. I am looking a this children and I don’t know what I will do- and my son is gone,” said a heartbroken Ms Cheruiyot.

However, as preparations for Kiptum’s funeral progressed and his obituary was published in a national daily newspaper, an unexpected revelation emerged. Contrary to earlier assertions, the obituary revealed that Kiptum was not an only child but the cherished firstborn, alongside his sister, Rodah Chemutai.

“Kelvin was the beloved firstborn child of Mr Samson Cheruiyot and Mary Chepkiyeng. The late Kelvin was husband of Asenath Cheruto Rotich. They were blessed with two children namely Caleb Kigen and Precious Cherop. He was brother of Rodah Chemutai,” read the lengthy obituary.

Having a sibling is not the only relationship drama emerging since the tragic passing of the World Record marathon breaker Kelvin Kiptum.

On Thursday, a High Court in Eldoret refused to issue an order stopping the burial of  Kelvin Kiptum after a 22-year-old woman claimed to have fathered a baby girl aged one year and seven months.

Edna Awuor Otieno sought legal recognition for herself and her child as beneficiaries of Kiptum’s estate, prompting a legal battle that has garnered significant attention.

In her application before Magistrate Robert Wananda, Edna sought an order to halt Kiptum’s burial until their claims were recognized. She also requested DNA testing to establish the paternity of her child. Edna argued that her daughter is Kiptum’s biological offspring and, therefore, entitled to inherit from his considerable estate.

However, she expressed frustration that Kiptum’s family had refused to acknowledge them, even excluding the child’s name from funeral arrangements and the eulogy.

Edna’s lawyer, Joseph Ayaro, emphasized the importance of DNA testing to verify paternity, a critical aspect in determining inheritance rights. He argued that denying Edna and her daughter recognition would be a violation of their rights and urged the court to intervene in the matter.

However, Magistrate Wananda dismissed Edna’s application, citing the advanced stage of burial preparations and the public interest in the matter. He expressed concerns that halting the burial could cause disruptions, considering the resources already invested in the arrangements.

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