A woman has sued former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko for child support, claiming the politician neglected his parental responsibilities in caring for her 15-year-old daughter.
In the case at the Magistrates’ Court in Ngong, Mr Sonko’s wife is claiming a monthly allowance of Sh448,450, which supports the minor to pay for groceries and shopping, rent, security, clothing and home help, entertainment, medical care, education, transport and utility services.
Pending the case being resolved, she wants Mr Sonko to be forced to pay school fees of Sh86,000 and a further Sh30,450 to cover school related expenses, uniform and to provide medical care and upkeep for the girl .
She also wants Mr Sonko to be forced to pay the outstanding tuition fee of Sh37,000.
By attorney Dan Okemwa sa The woman confirms that the minor is a second grade student and has not reported to the school since it reopened on April 26, 2022.
She says Mr. Sonko failed and failed to provide for the child’s basic needs such as education, good health, food, clothing, shelter, entertainment and medication.
“Mr. Sonko and I are the birth parents of the minor here,” says the woman whose identity we have withheld because of the dignity of the minor.
In the court papers, she describes Mr. Sonko as a person of wealth and that the minor is entitled to equal treatment and care with his other children.
“The unequal treatment has affected the minor psychologically because she does not understand why her father is aggressive towards her. In addition, the minor was bullied and taunted at school because of her last name, which caused her emotional trauma, and has indicated that she would like to be transferred from the school,” says the woman.
She states, that she met Mr Sonko in 1999 and entered into a relationship that soon turned romantic. The relationship was back and forth, they had the child on April 17, 2007.
The woman argues that she and Mr. Sonko have equal parental responsibility for the said minor and an obligation to maintain her ( the child).
“Mr. Sonko was always defiant and audacious to take responsibility and help me support the minor. He has deliberately withheld support for the minor over the years, denying her what is rightfully hers and forcing me to take full responsibility for the minor,” she says.
Her announces that she held a meeting with Mr Sonko in Maanzoni in early 2018 and he gave her Sh100,000 for the tuition and rent of the minors. He also offered financial support to her family when the woman’s mother died in December 2018.
Since she has been unemployed, she says, given the difficult economy, it has become extremely difficult to pay for school fees on her own Country.
“The defendant is a politician and senior businessman in the Republic who lives a high standard life and is unwilling to offer the same type of life to the minor while offering a high offer – taking the life of his other children, which is a clear indication of discrimination on his part,” the court filing said.
She explains that while he knows he is the biological father of the child, but don’t want to have anything to do with the minor.
“I was always willing to have a DNA test done to prove the minor’s paternity, a fact Sonko is well aware of is since we are discussing the same thing
He has consistently shown disinterest by failing to address the issue of how they (the m minors) are cared for, protected and protected or provide emotional and financial support.
The District Court has ordered status quo custody of the minor, meaning the mother continues to live with her.
The attorney has also been ordered to Hand over the court documents to Mr. Sonko. The case is mentioned on May 26, 2022.