Kenya’s Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has agreed to take care of his child; he sired with another woman out of wedlock.
Two weeks ago, a pregnant woman went to court seeking an order to have Lusaka compelled to provide upkeep for the unborn and her.
She accused the speaker of constantly distancing himself from the pregnancy despite having the full knowledge that they have been having unprotected sex for several years.
She wanted the court to compel the speaker to pay her a lump sum of ksh25 million ($250,000) or ksh200,000 ($2000) obligation monthly.
According to her, Mr Lusaka insisted on terminating the pregnancy, a proposal that she denied. She further accused Lusaka of failing to take care of her prenatal clinics necessary to ensure the unborn child’s wellbeing, perhaps in the hope of stressing the applicant and causing a miscarriage of their unborn child.
“Lusaka’s defiant and brazen refusal to accept responsibility and assist the applicant to access esteemed hospitals capable of giving her highest standard of prenatal care threaten the life of their unborn child and is, therefore, in sharp contravention with the constitutional safeguards of life which begins at conception,” courts papers stated.
Mr Lusaka, through his lawyer Peter Wanyama told the court on Wednesday that they are in negotiation with the woman to settle the case out of court.
However, Wanyama disputed the woman’s lawyer Danstan Omari’s request to have his client compelled to pay the money in question to enable the woman to buy a house within seven days.
“I don’t think within seven days we will have addressed the pre-birth maintenance issues because there are a couple of issues my client is still engaging the petitioner on such as accommodation expenses with respect to prenatal care which is continuous,” said Wanyama.
The case will be mentioned on July 28.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.