Sisters defy tradition to take over their father’s farm
Rachael Korir, a resident of the Bureti Constituency’s Cheborgei hamlet, defied Kalenjin traditions and conventions in order to inherit family property in 2019.
The kalenjin culture forbids women from inheriting family property, but after she defeated her two brothers in court, she was awarded her late father’s 42 acres of land.
Joshua Kiprono, 68, and Samuel Kiplangat, 76, were sued by Ms. Korir on behalf of her five sisters for refusing to give them a share of the family estate.
In the ruling, High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi, who was then based in Kericho, noted that Article 27 forbade discrimination on the grounds of race, color, ethnic origin, or sex.
According to the ruling, each of the six sisters received five acres of their father’s land.
The Cheborgei sisters’ victory stands out as one of many, as many other Kipsigis women still face obstacles from the male population on their path to inheriting their dads. Attorney Farida Chepkemoi organized a campaign for women’s rights in Kericho County, especially those from the Kalenjin group, as the world observes this year’s 16 days of protest against gender-based