A woman claiming to be late Matungu MP Justus Murunga’s lover has alleged that they had a plan to solemnise their union before his death. Agnes Wangui told the court that the late MP had already bought land for her in Karen in Nairobi where he was in the process of building for her and their two children a house. Her latest claims have brought a fresh twist to the saga around Murunga’s funeral, which was stopped by the court pending determination of her suit.
“Before his death, he intimated that he would settle us in Karen where he had bought land and settle down with me and our children. He wanted to formalise our union before making it known to his family and wanted it done in accordance with Agikuyu marriage customs,” Wangui said.
She filed the affidavit in response to an application by Murunga’s two widows Christabel and Grace Murunga seeking to have the injunction against his funeral lifted. In their application, Christabel and Grace want the court to order Wangui to deposit Sh10 million as security for the delayed burial. According to the widows, they had already planned the MP’s burial for November 28 and that the orders stopping the funeral were causing anxiety in the family since they will not manage to cater for bills accrued at Lee Funeral Home.
Although the widows said they have no problem with Wangui’s request to have DNA samples extracted from the MP’s body, they maintained that they do not know her or her children and that instead of contacting them, she filed the case that has painted them in bad light. But Wangui accused the widows of lying that she had not made attempts to contact them, stating that they ignored her and sent a stranger to negotiate with her when they had agreed on a meeting to have the matter settled.
She said she is ready for the DNA test but the cost of the family or the estate of the MP should pay since he was the biological father of their two children who are entitled to his inheritance.
“I am still willing that the deceased is laid to rest, but this should be after the DNA results are officially presented to both parties as a guarantee that the children will also be included in the funeral programme and recognised as his,” Wangui said.
According to her, it is ridiculous that the widows want her to deposit Sh10 million as security when she only sought to stop the burial for the benefit of the two minors. In her application to stop the burial, Wangui claimed that they have two children out of their secret relationship with the late MP but his family have conspired to lock her and the minors out of the funeral and burial arrangements. Through lawyer Dunstan Omari, Wangui said she met Murunga in 2012 and began a romantic relationship which bore the two children in 2013 and 2017.
Omari asked the court to order for the collection of DNA samples from the deceased and the minors for comparison and to ascertain their paternity, and that the two children be at liberty to fully participate in the funeral arrangements of their biological father. Omari told the court that the MP at all times acknowledged the existence of Wangui and their two children but since he had never formally introduced them to his family, they will be locked out and denied an opportunity to pay their last respects.