Slain wife of Ex-DC Yatich to be buried in Baringo on Thursday

After court lifted injunction stopping the burial of slain wife of former Ex-Kakamega District Commissioner Paul Yatich, she will finally be laid to rest on November 8.

Late Loice Yatich, was raped and brutally murdered by unknown suspects at her house in Kiplombe estate in Eldoret town on October 16.

“We have concluded talks and burial arrangements are now complete after being granted opportunity to meet out of court as both families to settle our issues” Julius Yatich, brother to Paul said on Tuesday.

Family of the deceased moved to court and sought injunction to halt the burial which was to be held at her husband’s home in Talai village in Baringo County on October 24.

Her sister in-law Esther Chirchir filed the petition but it was sigh of relief after an Eldoret court signed off the case and allowed to burial to proceed.

Eldoret Resident Magistrate Nicodemus Moseti marked the case as settled after both parties involved in feud over burial plans informed the court that they had settled the issues among them share of the properties belonging to the deceased.

Chirchir’s lawyer Silas Kandie asked the court to withdraw the application as they have agreed with the former DC’s family on the burial plans.

However, the magistrate directed that the applicant meets the cost of preservation of the deceased body which is lying at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital-Eldoret.

Loice worked as Curriculum Development officer at the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in Uasin Gishu County before her murder.

Earlier on former District Commissioner Yatich insisted that he is the legal husband of late Loise and that they have seven children.

“We were legally married and we have seven kids, I want to assure my in-laws I am not bitter in any way even after conclusion of burial my beloved wife we shall still live together as families” he said.

In contention was the wealth sharing and where she would be buried having in mind the couple had not been living together as husband and wife since they separated 10 years ago.

“Though we have been separated we were in frequent communication, I was shocked when my phone calls went unanswered. I reported the matter to the police station,” Yatich said while he accompanied the police to the house.

Eldoret West OCPD Zachariah Bittok confirmed the incident saying the suspect may have been raped before she was murdered.

Two suspects Laban Cheruiyot and Simon Lumile were arrested at Kabiyet market in Nandi County while driving in a vehicle belonging to the deceased.

Bittok further said police were still pursuing the farm worker who disappeared after the fatal incident.

-JOSEPH KANGOGO