MP Bernard Shinali sued by Caroline Mutheu citing being a deadbeat dad asking Sh 200,000 for upkeep

 

Caroline Mutheu Mwakodi, 35 child upkeep case photo

Caroline Mutheu Mwakodi, 35, claims Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali is a deadbeat father.

 Caroline Mutheu Mwakodi sued him for child upkeep in 2019 and was later ordered by Milimani court to file their last evidence in the trial before March 9, 2021.


On Monday, March 1, the Milimani Children’s Court ordered the law firms of Katunga Mbuvi and Majanja Luseno, who are acting for the parties, to file their last written submissions and other annexures in the fight for final judgment.


MP Shinali named as a respondent in the upkeep case by Ms Mutheu who alleges in court documents that they have a five-year-old son together.


Lawyer Katunga Mbuvi, who is representing Mutheu, wants the court to force the MP to contribute up to Sh200,000 in monthly maintenance to maintain the child in medical, and educational needs.


When Mutheu sued Shinali, he filed a defence refusing to father the five-year-old child.


“I am a guest to the charges by the plaintiff that I fathered her son,” MP Shinali stated.

MP Shinali proceeded with more probes into the woman’s allegations which led to a DNA test request.

In March 2020, a DNA test was conducted by Dr Pamela Khamala Okelo concluded that the child in question was fathered by Shinali.


“Based on the DNA profiles generated from the samples presented to the Government Laboratory, there are 99.99%  more chances that Bernard Masaka Shinali is the biological father of  Caroline Mutheu’s child,” said Okelo, the Government Analyst in her report dated April 7, 2020.


In her testimony to the court, Mutheu said on May 7, 2016 “with a lot of love they bore the minor.”


“ The defendant is the member of Parliament for Ikolomani Constituency, Kakamega County with a good income,” said Katunga in the court papers.


Mutheu wants the MP to pay monthly Sh50,000 rent, Sh35,000 medical insurance cover, Sh15,000 house help, Sh35,000 food, Sh40,000 for clothing and Sh35,000 for entertainment.


The court will hear the case on March 9, 2021.

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