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Woman claiming to be Wanjiru's wife delivers, names boy after Marathoner

By | August 25th 2011

By Karanja Njoroge

A woman who claims to be the wife of the late marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru has given birth to a baby boy and named him after the late athlete.

Judy Wambui who alleges that she was the second wife of the late Wanjiru gave birth to the baby at Nakuru Nursing Home Hospital on Wednesday at 6pm

Judy Wambui with her bundle of joy, baby Samuel Jones Kamau [PHOTO: BONIFACE THUKU/STANDARD]

She immediately named the boy Samuel Jones Kamau Wambui.

An elated Wambui said she decided to name the child after the late marathoner to keep his name and out of respect for the life they shared.

Speaking at her home at White House on the outskirts of Nakuru town on Thursday the 25 year old said she want the late marathon whose death was surrounded in controversy to be remembered.

"I want to keep his name and that’s why I have decided to name the child after him," she said.

In the Kikuyu customs children are usually named after their grandparents and not after their parents.

After the death of the Olympic star, Wambui went to Court where she obtained a Court Order to have a DNA sample taken from the athlete's body to enable her prove the paternity of her unborn child.

In the suit she had told the Court she was safeguarding the rights of her unborn child as enshrined in the constitution, which states that life begins at conception.

She stated that only a paternity test would enable her child to be named as a beneficiary to the athlete's estate.

On Thursday, Wambui said the results of the DNA test, which will prove the child’s paternity, would be known in two weeks.

She said she hopes the child will turn out to be a world athlete champion’ just like his father’

"Just like his father I expect him to conquer the world in athletics," She added.

The woman claims they had been friends with the late athlete for five years and met after she finished her high school at Laikipia High School.

According to her the athlete had even visited her parents in December last year where they agreed on how he was going to pay dowry.

She said they had plans to wed at the District Commissioner’s office in December after visiting Wanjiru’s parents.

The late Olympic icon died on May 15 after he mysteriously fell from the balcony at his Nyahururu home.

After his death several men and women who claimed to be related to him emerged seeking recognition in the burial arrangements.



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