Ward rep sued for upkeep

Ward rep sued for upkeep [Photo: Courtesy]
An MCA embroiled in a child support tussle has resisted demands from his estranged partner to pay Sh57,000 in monthly allowances.

The man has offered to pay Sh5,000 instead. 

Appearing before Resident Magistrate Maureen Odhiambo, the civic leader said he cannot afford the requested amount, and the woman has not explained how she intends to use the money to support the baby.

The MCA told the court that he was taking care of nine other children - five born to him and four that he adopted after his brother died.

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The MCA said the amount demanded by his estranged partner was excessive. “The job I am holding is temporary and my earnings are only guaranteed for the five years I'm elected,” the ward representative said. 

He offered to include the child in his health insurance scheme and also cater for his schooling when he is of age, on top of the Sh5,000 he is offering.

The child's mother said she needed to rent a Sh25,000 two bedroom house. She detailed her other demands as follows: House help (Sh10,000) food (Sh5,000) clothing (Sh7,000) and home shopping (Sh10,000).

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However Ms Odhiambo told her to limit the demands to the child's needs. The case will be heard on August 26 when submissions will be made.

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