A court in Kitale has ordered the Principal Secretary for Labour and Social Protection, Nelson Marwa Sospeter to undergo DNA test in a case where he has been accused of child negligence.
A 27-year-old woman has moved to a Kitale court seeking child support from Marwa accusing him of negligence.
Elizabeth Moraa Mairura claims that Marwa is the biological father of her year-old daughter.
She alleges that Marwa deliberately refused, ignored and neglected to discharge his parental responsibilities towards the child from the time she was born.
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Moraa claims that when the child was delivered through caesarean section, Marwa settled the hospital bill of Sh50,000.
According to Moraa, she had an intimate relationship with Marwa which started sometime in January 2017 and later conceived.
The relationship, she alleges, resulted in a baby girl who was born on February 7, 2018.
She was residing in Mombasa when she met Marwa who was by then the coast Regional Coordinator.
“I have singlehandedly struggled to maintain the minor albeit with a lot of difficulties. Also due to economic hardships, I am unable to continue providing her with other basic needs,” she avers in her affidavit presented in court.
She also accuses Marwa of declining to provide his identity card for the purposes of Certificate of Birth issuance for the minor.
In a sworn affidavit, Marwa has, however, denied the allegations saying the entire suit filed by the plaintiff was bad in law and fundamentally defective.
Marwa said that Moraa was a stranger to him and he is not conversant with the allegations filed in court.
He said that while he was the Regional Commissioner, Coast Region until 2018 he dealt with several members of the public and government officials and that such meetings were purely officials and did not engage with anyone he met or had any intimate relationship as alleged.
“I am not aware of the allegations and I confirm that at no time have I ever financially, socially even psychologically supported neither the plaintiff nor the alleged child,” he said.
Kitale Senior Resident Magistrate Cherono Moureen Kesse order that both parties present themselves within 14 days for collection of samples for DNA at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
“Where the DNA samples shall be tested and report filed in court within one month from the date hereof,” she ordered.
The matter will be mentioned on April 23, 2019.