By PAMELA CHEPKEMEI
Nairobi, Kenya: A woman claiming to be a daughter of former Assistant Minister John Keen has sued seeking parental recognition.
In a suit filed at the High Court in Nairobi, Ruby Karimi says Mr Keen sired her out of wedlock and has denied her recognition as one of his children.
Her mother, Janet Ekumbo, says she gave birth to Ms Karimi after an intimate encounter with the former minister when she was 18 years old.
Karimi born in 1981 wants the court to compel Keen to undergo a DNA test to ascertain if he is her biological father.
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The petitioner is also asking the court to order the Registrar of Births and Deaths to amend her birth certificate to include Mr Keen as her father should the paternity test be positive.
“I have time and again received assurances from my mother that John Keen is my biological father and I believe it is within my constitutional right to know the identity of my biological father,” Ms Karimi states.
She filed the case through lawyer Kabue Thumi after making several attempts to have Mr Keen recognise her as the daughter failed.
But Mr Keen denies that she is her daughter. He says in his response to the suit that Ms Karimi and her mother are strangers to him. He says he never had any union with Ms Karimi’s mother as alleged adding that the claim is dubious and doubtful.
The politician has accused Ms Karimi and her mother of trying to use the case as an extortion exercise.
Ms Karimi says her first encounter with Mr Keen was in 1997 when she was in high school. She visited his office at Re-Insurance Plaza and was given Sh3,000 as pocket money.
She continued visiting him and he would always give her pocket money until 2001 when she completed school. She travelled from Mombasa where she was living with her mother to ask Keen to finance her further education but he turned her away. She kept off until 2009 when she made another attempt to see him but she could not trace him at Re-Insurance Plaza.
She located Mr Keen’s house in Karen and was allowed by the security guards to enter the residence.
She says she mingled with the daughters of Mr Keen who gave her company until 8.30pm when he arrived and demanded to know what she was doing in his house.
A furious Mr Keen told her he did not wish to see her again and gave her bus fare. Mr Keen instructed his son to escort her out of the compound. The son escorted her and booked her into a guesthouse within Langata Estate. “I left for Mombasa the next day homeless, rejected and dejected,” said Ms Karimi.
She made the last attempt in September 2012 and went to the politician’s residence but was turned away by security guards.
The application for Keen to undergo a DNA test is scheduled for hearing on August 19.