Ekuru Aukot dragged to court over child support

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 1 Aug, 2020 11:14 | 2 mins read
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Thirdway Alliance Party leader Ekuru Aukot. PHOTO/File

Thirdway Alliance Party leader Dr Ekuru Aukot has been dragged to court over alleged failure to provide for a son he is accused of siring with his former lover.

The plaintiff, Beatrice Kikunga, lodged a case against Dr Aukot at the children’s court in Milimani, Nairobi, seeking to have the former presidential hopeful compelled to undergo a DNA test to prove that he sired the child born in August 2017.

On July 7, 2020 Senior Resident Magistrate H.M Mbati granted Kikunga her wish.

“The court orders that the parties will share the cost and the unsuccessful party shall refund the successful party their half [amount of money used in paying for DNA testing at Lancet Laboratories Kenya] within seven days of receipt of results that would be sent to the court,” Mbati instructed the applicant and the respondent.

The DNA test results were to be communicated to the court on July 24, but Dr Aukot allegedly failed to submit his samples for the examination.

Prior to the July filing, Kikunga had sued Dr Aukot on two occasions, but the politician and lawyer failed to honour both court summons in March 2020 and November 2019.

The applicant, in her court documents, said she was in a relationship with Dr Aukot between 2011 and early 2018.

The couple, according to Kikunga, got a son who was born on August 5, 2017.

“In early 2018, the respondent deserted our relationship, leaving me with the minor. Since then, the respondent has refused and/or neglected to take responsibility of the minor knowing very well the minor needs basic necessities. I have struggled to cater for the needs of the minor without much success since I am jobless and rely on menial jobs,” said the applicant in her suit papers.

Kikunga stated that she had tried on multiple occasions to reach Dr Aukot for mediation, but the Thirdway Alliance Party leader frustrated her efforts.

“The respondent is a person of means by virtue of being an officer of this honourable court and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. It is the parental duty of parents to meet all basic needs of the children. I urgently need money for house rent as I am in arrears among other basic needs,” the applicant said in her affidavit filed on November 27, 2019.

At the time, Kikunga’s rent had accrued to Ksh60,000, a November 25, 2019 note signed by her then-landlady, Margaret Wanjiku, indicated.