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He can have the house and cars, Eldoret woman tells court in suit against husband

The woman said she’d been married to her spouse for ten years. [File]

A middle-aged woman on Thursday asked the Eldoret Court to take action against her husband whom she accused of domestic violence.

The complainant, a professional banker in Eldoret, told Principal Magistrate Onkoba Mogire that her spouse, a senior lecturer at a public university, was battering her for refusing to bear more children.

The mother of two told the magistrate that her husband battered her on several occasions at their Marriot Estate home in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

“Fearing for my life, I fled my matrimonial home,” she said.

The complainant said she left behind her matrimonial home, investments and cars, which she either purchased jointly with her spouse or acquired solely.

“I have undergone untold psychological and mental torture meted out by my estranged husband. It got to the point I had to tell him enough was enough. As a result, I walked out on him to save my life.”

Amid tears, the complainant further said: “I left him the house which I singlehandedly built using my own money. That’s the home he and our house-help are currently living in.”

The woman said she’d been married to the lecturer for ten years, and that their union was marred by unending domestic abuse.

She cited an April 25, 2022 incident in which she alleged that her partner caused her grievous bodily harm.

On his part, the complainant’s husband denied the allegations, saying his wife was bent on taking away his property, hence the domestic abuse suit.

“I have never assaulted my wife. Her testimony is founded on lies. She actually wants to disinherit me from the property that we acquired jointly,” the man told Magistrate Mogire.

The hearing continues on September 21, 2022.