Mr Wilberforce Murunga  at Kitale court. FILE

The case of a 52-year-old man seeking a dowry repayment from his in-laws has been assigned to mediation by a Kitale court.

The dispute would be settled by a court mediator, according to Chief Magistrate Julius Ng'arng'ar.

He stated that if the problem is not resolved, it would be returned to the court for a decision.

"I've chosen to send this matter to court-administered mediation in the hopes of reaching an agreement. I do not believe that addressing the issue will be difficult. Let's try this one first, and if it doesn't work out, it'll be brought back to me for a decision "According to the magistrate.

Mr Wilberforce Murunga argued in court that he had a legal right to his dowry, claiming that he was representing males who suffer in silence.

"Like children, I had troubles with my ex-wife." If we have a man, we usually get two cows, and if we have a daughter, we get one cow. "As a result, I want what is mine, as well as my black sweat," he remarked.

In May, Mr Murunga is set to return to the United States.

He filed for divorce from Irine Khasoa, claiming that she had abandoned their marital home. A Kitale court annulled the marriage on October 12, 2021.

In court records filed on December 6, 2021, he stated that he had been living with his ex-wife for almost a year and six months when she began abandoning their marital residence on multiple occasions.

Mr Murunga, who married Ms Khasoa in 2017 and paid her dowry following Bukusu traditional law, claims he is entitled to the bride price after the marriage fell apart less than two years later.

"I paid Sh50,000 for the bride price, which included three Ayrshire heifers, one cross Ayrshire bullock, one she-goat, a pair of gumboots, and a cap." He claimed, "I have a copy of the dowry bargaining agreement that was counter-signed by representatives from both families."

He is suing his ex-mother-in-law for a refund. He has also asked for interest on the money and property in the lawsuit.

He said that he had gone to the United States to study, but that he had cut his studies short to come home.

"My wife was the driving force for my return to Canada after two years in the United States. I used to give her money, but when she begged me to come home and start a family with her, I had no choice but to do so "he stated

Mr Kraido Majune, the lawyer for his ex-wife, told the court that a guy returning to the United States should not seek dowry, "which is a little thing to follow."

Mr Murunga, on the other hand, claimed that his return to the United States had nothing to do with his demand for a refund.

"You know, I'm going to hustle in the US as well," he explained, "but all I want for is my black sweat because you give Caesar what is his."

He stated that he is devoted to receiving his bride price in its entirety because he did not have any children with the woman, which would have resulted in just a percentage of it being returned under Bukusu customary norms.

"This has existed since the time of our forebears." When you divorce a lady with whom you have no children, you must return the animals provided as bride price, or you will be considered to be still wedded to her, even if you have divorced her officially," he stated.

He stated that any out-of-court settlement is acceptable to him.

"I have no difficulty returning my cows if the other parties agree," he stated.

Florence Khasoa, his former mother-in-law, was unable to attend court owing to sickness.

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