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Kibor’s Ex-Wife Recalls Being Married at 18, Divorced After 51-Year Marriage

In 2016, late businessman Mzee Jackson Kibor hit headlines after divorcing his wife of 51 years, Josephine Chepkoech citing desertion and cruelty. 

Following his death on Wednesday, March 16, Chepkoech has detailed her first interaction with Mzee Kibor and how she ended up being his wife. 

In an interview with a local publication, Chepkoech noted that Mzee Kibor first interacted with her elder sister before approaching her and finally meeting her parents. 

“He had first interacted with my elder sister Nancy when she hiked a lift in his canter to Eldoret town, she told me the businessman had eyed and loved me before he formally approached me,” she told TUKO. 

Kibor married Chepkoech in a Kalenjin engagement ceremony, commonly known as Koito in December 1964 and followed up with a colourful wedding ceremony on February 27, 1967. 

At the time, Chepkoech was 18 years old and she was Kibor’s second wife. 

Following the wedding, the then 18-year-old joined Kibor’s first wife identified as Mary and lived with her for 10 years before she relocated to Kitale where Kibor had acquired a piece of land.  

Mary passed away in 2010. 

Kibor married Chepkoech in a Kalenjin engagement ceremony, commonly known as Koito in December 1964 PHOTO/COURTESY

Chepkoech said her differences with the tycoon started in 1992 when he stormed their home and sold several cows and sheep leaving some behind for her. 

She added that Kibor started discriminating her and their children forcing Chepkoech to go out of her way to provide for their children. 

“He began discriminating against my children by not paying their school fees and I began to sell charcoal, I would be in the forest at 3.00 am and by 5.00 am in town to deliver to hotels

“The charcoal cost KSh 25 per sack and would sell at a profit of KSh 5 and KSh 10, this disparity affected the children but I assured them things would be better,” Chepkoech said. 

Chepkoech disclosed that Kibor filed for a divorce after she barred transactions on their 10 acres of land.  

“In 2015, he even leased this entire parcel to a white man for 10 years who cultivated everywhere leaving just this homestead, we cannot do farming but through all this, I have remained submissive to my husband because it is what my parents taught me,” she said. 

Kibor, who was in his late 80s died on Wednesday, March 16 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Eldoret. 

The businessman had been using medical oxygen since October 2020 after he contracted COVID-19.  

He had an oxygen cylinder at his home and another in his vehicle for use whenever he ventured out for treatment or business.

Kibor was recently admitted at St. Luke’s Hospital where doctors diagnosed him with kidney failure.

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The wealthy businessman has been in the Intensive Care Unit for some time before doctors confirmed his death on Wednesday.

Kibor, who was in his 80s died on Wednesday, March 16 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Eldoret PHOTO/COURTESY

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