A court has ordered Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko to continue paying school fees for two children, who a Kwale woman claims to have been fathered by the politician.
Kwale Resident Magistrate Christine Njagi issued the order Wednesday ahead of a DNA test for one of the children, who the senator claims is not his.
Ms Josphine Thuku, the children’s mother, was represented by lawyer Leonard Chimaka, while Ms Lydia Kwamboka represented the senator.
Ms Thuku wants the senator to pay Sh140,000 per month for the children’s upkeep.
Since that was the bone of contention, Mr Chimaka asked the court to compel Mr Sonko to pay school fees for the minors until the DNA results are out.
The woman also asked the court to order the senator to provide food for the children, saying, he had been doing so “on and off”.
Mr Sonko’s lawyer denied that he was inconsistent in providing the food. She said her client had been buying food from Nakumatt Supermarket in Nyali, Mombasa, but the mother had refused to collect it.
“My client has been providing for the minors and he is willing to continue doing so as long as it is not a make-up,” she said.
She told the court that the food was purely for the children and not for their mother.
Ms Thuku said she had not been informed of the arrangement with the supermarket.
Asked by the court why he selected Nakumatt Nyali, Ms Kwamboka said the retail store was convenient for the senator since he has a house in Mombasa.
“The applicant can pick up the food at any time and there is no one who will embarrass her because as I see it that is the fear that she has,” the lawyer said.
Meanwhile, Ms Thuku’s lawyer attempted to have journalists barred from covering the case, arguing that it involves minors.
Ms Kwamboka opposed the request. She argued that the matter involves a public figure, hence the media could not be restrained from covering it.
The magistrate, declined to issue a total ban, but cautioned journalists to be careful in their reporting.
“Journalists are allowed to cover this case, but caution has to be taken as the case involves minors,” she said.
The case will be mentioned on October 15, when the DNA test results are expected to be presented.