High Court dismisses Kelvin Kiptum’s alleged ‘baby mama’ who sought to stop his burial

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ATHLETICS High Court dismisses Kelvin Kiptum’s alleged ‘baby mama’ who sought to stop his burial

Joel Omotto 13:20 - 22.02.2024

The High Court in Eldoret has declined to stop Kelvin Kiptum’s burial after a woman who claimed to be the mother of his child sought orders to halt it until she is recognised.

The High Court has declined to halt world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum’s burial following an application by a woman who claimed to have a child with the departed athlete.

According to Nation, the woman had sought the court’s innervation, claiming to be Kiptum’s lover and the mother of his child who is aged one year and seven months.

In her application at the High Court in Eldoret, the woman had sought to have Kiptum’s burial stopped pending the hearing and determination of a case in which she is seeking to have herself and her baby recognised as beneficiaries of the marathon great’s estate.

The court did not, however, grant her prayers, allowing the final journey of the world beating athlete to continue without interruption.

Kiptum, who is survived by a wife and two children, died through a road accident that also claimed the life of his coach Gervais Hakizimana on February 11.

The marathoner will be laid to rest at his Naiberi farm in Uasin Gishu county on Friday.

His body was taken from the Eldoret Hospital mortuary on Thursday and taken to Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County where athletes and fans gathered to view it before it is transported to his home in Chepsamo village.

Multiple world and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon was among prominent athletes who gathered in Iten to receive the body of their departed colleague as his final journey begins.

President William Ruto is expected to be among those who will attend Kiptum’s funeral at his home which has received a major facelift since his demise following the construction of a new house for his family.

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