Ken Okoth’s wife, girlfriend resolve boy paternity dispute

Monica Okoth,  Anne Thumbi, DNA

Monica Okoth, widow of Ken Okoth, (left) and girlfriend Anne Thumbi. PHOTOS | FILE 

By Our Court Correspondent

The wife and girlfriend of former Kibra MP Ken Okoth have now agreed that the late lawmaker had a child.

The widow, Monica Okoth, and Anne Thumbi have recorded a consent in court agreeing to abide by the outcome of DNA test, which established that Okoth was the father of the boy whose paternity was in dispute.

Ms Okoth had disputed DNA results produced in court that confirmed that the lawmaker, who died in July, had a son with the Nairobi MCA, Ms Thumbi.

Lawyer Danstan Omari representing the mother of the child, said that with the paternity issue has now been resolved. He added that Ms Thumbi would move to the High Court over the child’s upkeep including school fees.

“The next question is to decide what are the entitlements of the child under the succession law. We will move to the High Court to get school fees, and medical cover for the child,” said Mr Omari.

Monica Okoth had disputed DNA results earlier produced in court confirming that the lawmaker, who died in July, had a son with MCA Anne Thumbi. Monica said she had different results and sought more time to be allowed to present them in court.

Ms Thumbi, however, objected the move, saying, the matter was settled when she filed DNA results showing that Okoth sired her son. She contested the move and urged the court to throw out Monica’s.

The DNA results, filed by Ms Thumbi early last month, returned a verdict of 99.99 per cent.

She wanted the matter moved to the family division of the court where she will be seeking to be included in the sharing of Ken Okoth’s estate. Ms Thumbi conducted three DNA tests, locally and abroad, but presented the results conducted locally.

The Magistrate’s Court had ordered that a DNA test after the child and her mother were excluded from the lawmaker’s cremation.

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