The mother of Marianne Kitany, the ex-DP Ruto chief of staff narrated to a Nairobi court how on the 26th of March 2016, she and other Rift Valley elders asked Meru Senator Mithika Linturi whether he genuinely loved Marianne, or he was after her wealth.
Rodah Chepkoech Kitany, 65 said that they asked Linturi that question when he arrived at her home in Nandi to pay dowry for their daughter.
Chepkoech told the court that her daughter had informed her that she had found the love of her life in 2014, and that later that year , the lovebirds were to travel to Australia to “know each other well.”
Ms Rhoda Kitany, the mother of Ms Marianne Kitany, yesterday told a Nairobi court how Meru Senator Mithika Linturi gifted her a car after marrying her daughter.
“In 2016, my daughter told me that she wanted to bring Linturi home so that he could pay dowry. I welcomed the plan. I, therefore, invited my relatives from Kericho,” said Chepkoech.
She narrated that before the scheduled introduction date – March 26 – Linturi arrived in Nandi, and went straight to Chepkoech’s church and took part in a fundraiser. “He came to the church where I am a preacher accompanied by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, the now-Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, now-Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, among other leaders.
Rhoda, has narrated how Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi got down on one knee in 2014 and asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage on behalf of Senator Linturi during the church fundraiser.
“Oscar Sudi even knelt down at the same function and asked for Kitany’s hand in marriage on behalf of Linturi. It was the biggest function. Almost six choppers came for the fundraiser,” she said.
The pastor at Africa Gospel church narrated how Linturi contributed Sh1 million out of the Sh4.2 million raised. The leaders, who had arrived in Nandi in six choppers, thereafter flew to her home, located near the church.
She even recalled that during the traditional ceremony, which was held at her Kapchemosin village home in Nandi South on March 26, 2016, her then son-in-law bought her a car.
“Thank you, my son-in-law. It has really helped me, even in spreading the word of God. Here are the keys. The vehicle is parked outside,” she said as she dangled the car keys.
Apart from the vehicle, which she said is still registered in the name of a company co-owned by her daughter and Mr Linturi, the 65-year-old pastor told the court that “the family from Meru came to Nandi with foodstuff in a pick-up and gave them Sh100,000 bride price.”
“The money was handed to my brother-in-law, who gave my daughter’s hand in marriage to mheshimiwa (honourable),” she said, noting that her husband died in 2000. She said the bride price was to be paid in form of animals but “it was converted to money and was handed to him (brother-in-law) in a white envelope.”
She said the car has helped her spread the gospel. Rhoda said during the introduction, in the evening, Kitany left with the Meru group because she was married according to tradition.
Rhoda said the couple’s children, including Linturi’s, used to visit her during the holidays.
She said she has visited Meru on several occasions and interacted with the late Senior Linturi. Rhoda said some of the title deeds Linturi used to take out loans were hers because they were with her daughter.
She said to date, she has not seen her title deeds from Linturi. She confessed testifying against her son-in-law was taboo.
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