Linturi-Kitany divorce case not to be streamed live, court directs

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Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and his estranged wife Marianne Litany have agreed not to have their divorce case to be broadcasted live in the media.

However the parties through their lawyers also agreed that the media will continue to cover the proceedings.

Linturi’s lawyer Muthomi Thiankolu said that this was the decision of the parties adding that anyone aggrieved should direct their anger to them and not the court.

Chief magistrate Peter Gesora adopted the consensus and allowed the media to continue covering the proceedings without streaming live.

“Hearing a divorce matter in the media may unsettle some people but that is the digital era,” lawyer Dunstan Omari representing Kitany said.

This was after the re-examination of Kitany who has finished testifying.

It was at this moment that the plaintiff told the court that Linturi’ family, including his parents, siblings, cousins etc did not attend their marriage ceremony.

However she responded by saying that she was married under the Nandi customary law and it is not a requirements for relatives to attend.

She told the court the court that she got the money to built the two houses in Meru from money she has saved ever since she started employment after high school.

“By the time I was done with my first degree I had already made millions and before leaving the the office of the Deputy President where I was employed in 2013, I had a substantial amount of money,” she testified.

She also refuted claims that she lured the Senator to a Sapa Lodge to have some good time in order to make sure he was not present in Parliament during the motion to oust Waiguru.

“We went ad two consensual adults. Willing seller willing buyer situation if I may put it,” Kitany said sarcastically.

Linturi’s lawyers Prof George Wajackoya and Muthomi objected Kitany answering questions she had refused to answer during cross-exanimation.

At some point, prof Wajackoya applied Kitany be taken for psychiatrist examination and be subjected to a lie defector test.

However the Magistrate ruled that it has not gotten to that point since the court has not noted any reaction or behavior to warrant such drastic measures.

She told the court that she does not suffer from any health of mental condition.

Kitany said that she agreed to be married as a fourth wife to Linturi because of love and trust.

Further hearing will be on 24th September.