Former Bomet Woman Representative Dr Cecilia Ng’etich, has been dragged to court by her husband over a piece of land and home in Bomet County.
Linus Ng’etich is accusing the former lawmaker of selling their matrimonial home and a four-acre piece of land worth about Sh30 million.
The four-bedroom house with two units was officially opened by a senior catholic priest when Cecilia and Linus were in good terms in the late 1990s, but recently, Ng’etich was almost evicted by a man who claims to own the property.
On August 28, a Sotik court order allowed Cecilia Ng’etich and a Mr Paul Korir to carry out activities in the property, but the High Court in Kericho overturned the order, granting Ng’etich an injunction until the matter is heard.
The court orders were first issued on August 30 and the matter was set for hearing on September 12. But a stay order was extended to September 24.
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The orders read in part: “…the interim orders be and is hereby issued restraining the 1st and 3rd respondent either by its agents, servants, directors, shareholders or any other person from evicting or interfering with the plaintiff’s and his children’s peaceful occupation and use of parcel of land known as Kericho/Chemagel/488 pending hearing and determination of this applicants interpartes.”
Ng’etich claims that following the eviction attempt, the buyer owes him about Sh10 million for damaging his property including cutting down indigenous trees.
He further claimed that he bought the land decades ago before tying the knot with Cecilia, thus it is wrong and illegal to sell the land behind his back.
Cecilia who has never commented on the issue said she will give her side of the story after the hearing.
The matter is now before a Kericho court after Ng’etich was granted a temporary injunction stopping any activities before the matter is heard and determined.
Linus and Cecilia had a customary marriage in 1983 before making their union official in a church wedding in 1986.
But their relationship has not been a walk in the park and “we separated in 2000 following family disagreements, but she came back home around 2005 when she joined politics before contesting in 2007,” Ng’etich said.
Cecilia, 54, graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor of Education (Science) and a master’s degree in business administration. She has been a principal in several high schools and teacher training colleges.
She contested for the Sotik parliamentary seat which was previously held by current Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso but lost and successfully vied for the position of a woman representative in Bomet County in 2013.