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Man sues niece’s husband to claim Sh279,000 dowry

He said that his niece, Ms Lydia Nekesa Kukali, married Mr Kisamba in 1998 and sired four children. file photo | nmg
He said that his niece, Ms Lydia Nekesa Kukali, married Mr Kisamba in 1998 and sired four children. file photo | nmg 

A man yesterday sued the husband of his niece over unpaid Sh279,000 dowry. 

Fedinard Kukali, a resident of Matunda, moved to a court in Kimilili accusing Samson Kisamba of failing to settle the bride price according to Bukusu traditions.

He is demanding 13 cows, two goats, a pair of gumboots, a rain coat, a pair of blankets and bed sheet, a hat, a tin of tobacco, father’s allowance of Sh80,000 and mother allowance Sh50,000. In total Sh279,000.

“Despite my frequent trips and several requests to have dowry paid all have been ignored,” he told the court.

He said that his niece, Ms Lydia Nekesa Kukali, married Mr Kisamba in 1998 and sired four children.

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Mr Kisamba told Kimilili Senior Principal Magistrate Dickson Onyango that he married his wife in 1997 under Maragoli customary laws and traditions and not 1998 as was claimed.

He denied that the uncle had visited his home to demand dowry.

“I hail from Maragoli, my wife is a Bukusu and any bride price ought to be based on Maragoli customary law and not Bukusu,” he said.

Mr Kisamba’s father said his son’s wife had a father who should be demanding the payment instead of the uncle.

“Fedinard lacks the capacity to file this suit and we shall be forced to strike out this case,” he said.

Mr Kisamba told the court that he made part payment of bride price to his wife’s parents in accordance with Maragoli customary law. The case will be heard on November 30.

Last week, a father sued his son-in-law in a Kitale court for failing to pay bride price including 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. The case will be heard on November 16.

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