Kakamega court rules woman who camped outside morgue was chief of staff’s wife

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 13 Nov, 2020 14:09 | 2 mins read
Sussy Nandama claims to be the legal wife of the Late Kakamega County Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi. [PHOTO: ABEL AMALA | K24 DIGITAL]
Sussy Nandama claims to be the legal wife of the Late Kakamega County Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi. [PHOTO: ABEL AMALA | K24 DIGITAL]
Sussy Nandama claims to be the legal wife of the Late Kakamega County Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi. [PHOTO: ABEL AMALA | K24 DIGITAL]
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The Kakamega Magistrate’s court on Friday, November 13 ruled that Sussy Nandama was legally married to the late Kakamega Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi, and, therefore, she has every right to take part in his burial arrangements and inherit his property.

Robert Sumbi died of COVID-19 on October 29, 2020. [PHOTO | FILE]

The ruling was issued by Kakamega Senior Principal Magistrate Hazel Wandere, who said that the plaintiff proved beyond doubt that she and Sumbi were lawfully married.

Sussy had, last Saturday, November 7, vowed to camp outside the Kakamega County Funeral Parlor to stop another woman from collecting Sumbi’s body for burial.

Sumbi died of COVID-19 on October 29.

Sussy had obtained a court order blocking Sumbi’s burial until she and her three children are incorporated in the committee organising Sumbi’s interment.

Sussy Nandama (in yellow) displays a document indicating she was legally married to Robert Sumbi. [PHOTO: ABEL AMALA | K24 DIGITAL]

According to Sussy, she and Sumbi lived together as husband and wife for 20 years, and that the law recognises her as Sumbi’s spouse.

The aggrieved party claimed that another woman, Yvonne Tunai, and Sumbi’s relatives had conspired to lock her (Sussy) out of the burial plans and property succession.

“I do not recognise Yvonne as my co-wife,” she told K24 Digital outside the Kakamega Funeral Parlor on Saturday morning (November 7).

“I understand there is a plot by Yvonne, my late husband’s family and the County Government of Kakamega senior officials to block me from inheriting my spouse’s property,” added Sussy.

Kakamega Senior Principal Magistrate Hazel Wandere had issued an order blocking the burial of Sumbi until Sussy’s case filed at the court seeking recognition as the deceased’s legal wife is heard and determined.