A Catholic priest testified that he wed Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and his first wife Mercy Kaimenyi.

The priest told the court that he solemnised the marriage ceremony in 2000.

I officiated a Christian marriage between Mithika Linturi and Mercy Kaimenyi, who were young then, on April 8, 2000, at the Tigania Parish,” Father Jackson Micheni said.

It was a true marriage between Linturi and Mercy. As you can see, I have also aged a bit since then," he continued.

Catholic priest father Jackson Micheni
Catholic priest father Jackson Micheni

Father Micheni had appeared before Magistrate Peter Gesora at the Milimani Law Courts to give evidence in the divorce case between Linturi and Marianne Kitany.

Marriage certificate

Kitany’s lawyers questioned Father Micheni on whether the marriage ceremony was conducted in a proper manner.

The priest did not produce his practising licence when he appeared in court and the court noted that his signature was missing from the marriage certificate he claimed to have issued.

Senator Mithika Linturi and Marianne Kitany
Senator Mithika Linturi and Marianne Kitany

Cliff Ombetta, who is one of Kitany's lawyers, argued that Father Micheni's failure to certify the marriage certificate indicated that he might not be telling the truth.

The court also noted that one of the witnesses to the marriage did not sign the certificate.