Court declines to stop Kiptum’s burial over woman claiming to have his child.

Written by on February 22, 2024

The high court in Eldoret has declined to stop the burial of World Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum following an application by a 22-year-old woman who claims to have sired a child with the runner.

Justice Wananda declined to stop the burial following the application by Edna Owuor through her lawyer Joseph Oyaro.

She claims that they have a one-year and 7-month child whose rights may be violated if the burial is not stopped.

Owuor appeared at the court with the child seeking to stop the burial set for tomorrow arguing that they had not involved her in burial arrangements.

She also wanted DNA samples taken from the body to confirm paternity.

Wananda said the burial arrangements had gone on for some time with heavy costs involved and it would be unfair to stop the interment.

The 24-year-old athlete died on 11th February in a grisly road accident together with his coach Gervais Hakizimana near Kaptagat Forest.

A screenshot of the funeral program has been shared online with most plans remaining scanty. President Ruto is expected at the funeral.

Him being a World record holder his burial service is a bit different from the rest. 

Below is the funeral program:

1) The body will leave the Eldoret Hospital Mortuary on Thursday, for a street procession through Eldoret streets on its way home in preparation for the burial.

2)The program begins as early as 6 am on Friday, Feb 23  at Chepsamo  Primary, Kaptarakwa Ward, Keiyo South Constituency, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

3)They then head to Iten for a viewing of the body.

4)They then head to ACK St Peters for brief Prayers.

5)A requiem mass and speeches will be delivered at Kapkenda Girls Field.

6)The body is then taken to Chepsamo Home for the night.

7)He will be laid to rest at his farm in Naiberi, Uasin Gishu County

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