Woman withdraws child support case against Mike Sonko

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

A woman who had moved to court seeking child support from former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has withdrawn the case, claiming she was promised Sh1 million to tarnish his name.

On May 12 this year, Collet Lusuyi, a resident of Kajiado County, filed a case in court seeking to have Sonko compelled to pay monthly upkeep of Sh448,450 accusing him of neglecting their child whom he allegedly sired 15 years ago.

But, in a sworn affidavit on July 28, Ms Lusuyi said she was 'approached by two ladies from Mombasa County identified as Zuhura and Latifa who promised her Sh1 million to tarnish Sonko's name by filing the suit.'

She revealed that she was paid Sh240,000 in cash by the two ladies.

“That I have since searched my soul on the matter, considered the suit against the defendant and I now wish to unconditionally withdraw both the chamber summons application and suit both dated May 12 and further wish to extend my unreserved apologies to the plaintiff herein and to this honourable court,” she said.

In the affidavit through her lawyers Ochich, Tlo, and Associates she pleaded with the children's court that the matter be marked as withdrawn with no orders as to costs which the court obliged.

“I can see the documents which were filed by the plaintiff, they are on record, I consider those submissions and I proceed to mark the suit as withdrawn with no orders to cost,” Ngong Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Pamela Achieng ruled. 

In May, Ms Lusuyi made the application through M/S Okemwa Oino and Mukuiya Ngotho and Associates Advocates.