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Woman accuses Ekuru Aukot of child negligence, demands KSh 100k monthly upkeep

A city woman has accused Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot of neglecting a minor he allegedly had with her in 2017.

Beatrice Kikunga claimed she and Aukot were in a relationship from 2011 to 2018 resulting in the birth of the child in 2017.

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The woman added that after giving birth the politician abandoned them, and refused to provide for them.

“We cohabited since 2011 and were blessed with the child in August 2017. Our relationship was okay until early 2018 when Aukot deserted us and has refused to take responsibility for the minor while knowing very well that the child needs basic necessities,” she says.

The woman has now sued Aukot of child negligence, and she seeking KSh 105,000 monthly upkeep for the child’s maintenance.

According to court documents, the monthly upkeep is meant for paying the house help, entertainment, utilities, rent, food, shelter and clothing.

According to a report by The Standard, in February 2020, senior resident Magistrate HM Mbatia ordered the duo to do a DNA test on February 28 after the woman instituted the suit.

However, the former presidential aspirant failed to turn up for the testing.

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On March 13, Kikunga filed another suit suing Aukot for contempt of court.

“Aukot completely ignored the order issued by the court directing the parties to undertake a DNA test to ascertain the minor’s paternity. He did not even make any effort to comply with the order for the test,” then court documents stated.

On July 2, the magistrate again issued an order for Aukot and Kikunga to go for a DNA test at Lancet Laboratories.

The test was to be done on July 7 and the results were to be filed in court on July 24.

In documents submitted to the court, Kikunga said she has been struggling to provide for the child since she depends on odd jobs, adding that she has been thrown out of her house due to rent arrears.

She wonders why she is subjected to such suffering and the father of her child can easily cater for their needs.

“I have struggled to cater for the child without much success since I’m jobless and rely on menial jobs yet the child’s father is a person of means and an advocate of the High Court,” she said.

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Aukot is married to one Lorna Wanjiru Mathenge, and together they have two daughters, Naro Njeri Aukot and Alakara Muthoni Aukot.

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