Gilgil MP sues suspect linked to Tob Cohen murder for child support

Hon. Martha Wangari and her husband Peter Karanja at a past event

An application has been lodged at Naivasha Law court before Chief Magistrate Joseph Karanja. 

The application was filed under certificate of urgency by the Giligil MP, Hon. Martha Wangari, The petitioner wants the court to block her husband, Peter Njoroge Karanja, from having access to their two children until a divorce case is finalized. She cited reasons for this prayer as mental anguish, possible ridicule, stress, stigma and accompanying danger on part of the children if her husband is not restrained.

“This is meant to avoid prejudice, mental anguish, ridicule and accompanying dangers and stigma on the part on the minors arising from the criminal allegations facing Karanja. Karanja as per media reports has been confirmed to be a man in relationships with many women and a man of bad social standing,” read part of the application.

The petitioner also prays that the court compels the respondent to pay her Ksh. 270,000 per month as upkeep for their children. She accused him of neglecting his children by way of failure to provide for them. The petitioner reckoned that she had been housing, feeding, raising and educating the children with no support from their father.

Furthermore, she seeks the court to grant her permission to access their rural home located in Gilgil. The petitioner claims that she cannot access the home. Consequently, she is unable to inspect and evaluate if the home is suitable for occupancy.

The respondent through his lawyer Irungu Mburu opposed the application. He stated that granting some of the prayers sought in the petition on grounds of criminal allegations leveled against his client could not be a legal basis of denying the respondent an equal right in marriage since the union had not been dissolved at the moment. Furthermore, pursuant to Article 50(2)(e) of the Constitution, the respondent was innocent until proven guilty.

The respondent pleaded with the court for more time to respond to other prayers sought by the petitioner.

The couple has been married for five years. However, they filed for divorce last month, albeit separating over an year ago. The reason for the divorce is that Mr. Karanja allegedly put the Gilgil Constituency MP through physical and emotional abuse.

“It is better for people to judge me for having left my husband, than people to bury me because my husband killed me. If I did not love that man with all my heart, I would not have persevered the five years of providing for him,” Martha was quoted saying.

The petition is set to be determined on November 6, 2019.

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