Isaac Sifuna Mukhebi with his wife Branice Naliaka. PHOTO | COURTESY

By GERALD BWISA, [email protected]

A man whose daughter eloped with a lover while she was in high school has won a precedent-setting verdict to be paid bride price by his son in-law.

Benard Simiyu Festo, a resident of Mengo Farm in Saboti sub -county, moved to court seeking orders to compel Isaac Sifuna Mukhebi to pay bride price after living with his daughter for 10 years.

Mr Sifuna eloped with Branice Naliaka in 2013 when she was an 18-year-old high student student. They are currently staying as husband and wife and have two children.

On Thursday, Kitale’s Resident Magistrate Mary Nyang’ara Osoro granted Mr Simiyu his wishes and ordered his son-in-law to pay the bride price in the next seven days or risk being auctioned.


The bride price includes 10 heads of cattle, two goats, Sh10, 000, two blankets, one coat, a ‘godfather’ hat and gumboots.

“My daughter who is now 23 year old, she disappeared from home only to be discovered that she was staying with Sifuna. This is after I have searched for her everywhere,” Mr Simiyu told the court.


He accused Mr Patrick Bulima and his son Sifuna of not honouring an agreement to pay part of the bride price.

He claimed that the defendants had on September, 2016 agreed in writing that they shall pay two cows, but had since reneged on their promise.

Mr Bulima, who was the first defendant, admitted that he failed to honor the agreement but requested the court for more time to pay the bride price.

The Magistrate, in her verdict, found that the plaintiff had proved his case.

“I am persuaded by the testimony before court and referred texts that the plaintiff has proved his case to the required standard,” she ruled.

“I hold that the first defendant as the father of the groom is indebted to the plaintiff to pay ‘Bukhwi’ (bride price).

She also issued a seven-day warrant to claim any property if the dowry will not be paid.