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Tycoon in court over child neglect

06 May 2013, 14:02 Oduor Omondi

A prominent tycoon in Kisumu County is fighting tooth and nail to have a child neglect case brought against him dismissed.

A 28 year old woman, Dorothy Osen, had sued Jacob Kidiga for upkeep and maintenance of two children she alleges to have sired with him.

It is alleged that Kidiga had a relationship with the complainant who charged that they were blessed with the two children aged 12 years and 2 years respectively.

The court heard that Kidiga has on many occasions been taken to task by various Children department officers to honour up and take responsibility of his actions but he has allegedly dismissed the accusations as unfounded and used his immense wealth to regain freedom.

The accused appeared before Kisumu Senior Principal Magistrate Njambi Waigera.

Osen went to court seeking redress to have the tycoon forced to provide KES 20 500 per month for maintenance of both boys even as the mother takes custody of the minors.

She also sought the court to order that the respondent be directed to take up his parental responsibility as the biological father of the two young boys.

Osen asked the court to issue any other order that it deems beneficial to the minors.

The Magistrate directed that the defendant and complainant take the child (youngest) whose parentage is in dispute for a DNA test at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching & Referral Hospital.

Waigera further directed that the matter be mentioned before her on 15 May, 2013 together with the DNA results.

Michael Sidigu, a Human Rights activist who has for several years been a Volunteer Children Officer in Nyando District, observed that cases of child neglect have been on the increase in the area and urged such women who have fallen prey to speak out instead of suffering in silence.

He also advised them not to be intimidated by errant husbands or cultural beliefs.

Sidigu said the minors in question have a great future which must be upheld at all costs.

The Human Rights Activists also called upon Nyando Children department to put their house in order and deal swiftly with cases brought before them to minimize the suffering of such children.

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