Marende ordered to pay school fees in child upkeep suit
21 February 2014, 08:08
Nairobi - A woman who sued former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende over child support has obtained a temporary reprieve.
Principal Magistrate Faith Kanyi Munyi ordered that Marende should pay KES 103,000 as school fees for the woman’s three year old girl.
“The request that Marende do pay the minor’s school fees and related expenses as per the school fees structure is granted,” ordered Magistrate Munyi.
In a suit filed on January 28, the girl’s mother seeks KES 457,000 as costs for bringing up the child besides legal custody.
According to the woman who lives in Nairobi’s Ongata Rongai, Mr Marende had been taking care of them until November last year when he abruptly stopped.
“When schools opened this year, he refused to pay this terms school fees amounting to KES 103,780.I am not gainfully employed and I am about to be thrown out of the house,” said the woman in court documents.
She claims Marende paid for her house in Langata when they first met but when she conceived and gave birth in 2010 at Nairobi Hospital, he moved her to a bigger house in Westlands.
The woman says Marende assured her of unfailing support at the time and was even excited to be a father, naming their daughter after the former Speaker’s mother.
She says she was moved from her house in Westlands to a four bed roomed one in the posh Lavington area, paid rent at KES 85,000, paid KES 7,000 service charge, house help salary, water and electricity bills as well as provided medical cover for both mother and child processed through the national assembly.
She also alleges that when their daughter reached school going-age, she was enrolled to an international Kindergarten in Karen, a school she describes to be ‘beyond persons of low income’.
She further alleges that after the last General elections; she was moved to Kileleshwa in a house that costs KES 48,000 monthly and a service charge of only KES 2,000 and then proposed later that she moves to Rongai.
Following the shifting to Rongai, and the withdrawal of Marende from supporting the child, she argues that their daughter has been drastically affected as she was used to clean and spacious shelter and that the school is merely tolerating her because of her father’s status.
The case will be heard on February 26.
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