Okoth’s widow withdraws child paternity dispute
The widow of former Kibra MP Ken Okoth has reached an agreement with Nairobi MCA Anne Thumbi to end a dispute in court on the issue of the DNA results of the latter’s son.
Monica Okoth yesterday recorded a consent at the Milimani Commercial Court agreeing they will abide by the outcome of the DNA results which established that Okoth was the biological father of the child in dispute.
“The DNA results I obtained indicate that the alleged father is not excluded as the biological father of the tested child,” consent document reads.
Thumbi, through lawyer Danstan Omari, said that with the paternity issue now resolved, she will be heading to the High Court’s Family Division to resolve the matter of the child’s upkeep and property division.
“DNA results indicate that Thumbi’s son was sired by the late Kibra MP and the next question is to decide what the entitlements of the child are under the succession law. We will move to the High Court to get school fees and medical cover for the child,” said the lawyer.
Monica had disputed DNA results earlier produced in court. The results had confirmed that Okoth, who died in July, was 99.9 per cent the biological father of Thumbi’s son.
The widow had on September 18 requested to be granted more time to produce her own DNA results. Thumbi had said the tests had been conducted in three hospitals.
Omari told the press that the DNA sampling and testing was done under the strict guidelines of the law and chain of custody from the collection, to the transportation, storage and testing.
The magistrate’s court had ordered that a DNA test be conducted after the child and her mother were excluded from the lawmaker’s cremation plans.
Okoth’s family had refused to acknowledge them as part of the family.
The former lawmaker’s family will get Sh32 million from Parliament, an amount that includes his group life insurance cover and death gratuity.
But Parliament must first get a letter from court indicating the administrator of the late MP’s estate.