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Ekuru Aukot dragged to court over child support

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.

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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.

The post Ekuru Aukot dragged to court over child support appeared first on K24 TV.

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