Jackson Kibor may be 82, but he is not the sort of chap you mess up with.
A prominent farmer and Cord politician from Uasin Gishu County and known for taking on Kanu bigwigs during the single party era, Kibor’s warrior blood made headlines last year when he bought a saw and freed his car which had been clamped by Eldoret county council askaris.
Before the dust settled, Kibor was in the news again, this time for going to court to divorce Josephine Jepkoech, his wife of 51 years.
While the jury was still out, a photo of Mzee Kibor seated on a dummy dinosaur affectionately cuddling with a young woman and a video of him dancing at a wedding ceremony with the same woman in a purple dress dominated social media sites again. Only Jackson Kibor!
The photo ignited controversy surrounding Mzee Kibor’s lifestyle with a section of Kenyans concluding that he had married brand new wife after filing a divorce against Josephine. But when contacted about the photo and video, Mzee Kibor laughed, saying that the matter was personal.
“You young man, why do you like snooping on the affairs of old men? We will talk about that another day!” said Kibor amid hearty laughter when contacted by The Nairobian.
But a close relative to Kibor who sought anonymity revealed that the woman on the photo and in the video was Yunita Kibor, the 36 year old fourth and last wife of the 82-year-old warrior.
Kibor, a polygamist who according to an affidavit sworn in the divorce against Jepkoech confirmed that he was married to four wives but currently has three after the passing on of first wife, Mary Kibor.
Speaking to The Nairobian, Yunita strongly dismissed the allegations that she got married to Mzee Kibor recently as insinuated in the trending videos and photos, saying the posts on social media are mudslinging campaign by a section of family members.
Yunita 36 has been at loggerheads with the some of Kibor’s children from other wives who accuse her of interfering in the distribution of wealth despite her being the youngest wife.
“I did not wed this year or even last year as the social media is making it look. I was married to Kibor in 2002. We are blessed with five children and we live happily,” said Yunita, adding that the video showing her and Kibor dancing and embracing in what was perceived to be their wedding was instead a wedding ceremony of their close family friend.
“The video is of 2015 where we were the best couple at the wedding of our friend Abraham Cheluget who resides in the United States of America. The wedding took place in Tindinyo falls in Nandi County and we were dancing in the church,” explained Yunita.
She added that Cheluget is a close relative that has invited her with the husband to US. Yunita questioned why the photos and videos only leaked to the social media after her husband filed a divorce case against her senior co-wife wife, concluding that some of Mzee’s children were responsible for the propaganda.
“That cannot be a video of our wedding. We had a great wedding in 2002 and nobody had a problem with that. Why now? I truly can afford a wedding gown and would have worn it if truly that was my wedding day,” she said.