Mike Sonko, the former governor of Nairobi, has answered just hours after it was disclosed that he is being sued for child support.
Sonko criticized the suit and invited the woman to bring the child to him in a series of Tweets, alluding to the biblical account of Jesus famously saying, “Let the children come to me.”
“”Let children come to me,” as Jesus stated. I respectfully request that the lady who claims to have my 15-year-old child deliver him to me “Sonko made a Twitter post.
The candidate for the 2022 Mombasa gubernatorial seat then claimed that the woman in question had lost custody of her two other children, who now live with their father.
In one of the tweets, Sonko accused the plaintiff of blackmail, stating she uses her children to blackmail their fathers for party money.
“Huyu dame hutumiya watoi kublackmail ndio apewe doo ya kudunda ya kudunda ya kudunda ya kud I’ll provide the best that life has to offer to the kid “Sonko continued.
“Every day, my family becomes larger; I feel glad and privileged to be able to take orphans, street families, and neglected children into my house.”
Sonko, who has promised to give the child “the best life has to offer,” has indicated he is unlikely to fulfill the Ksh.448k monthly child support payment.
“Hiyo part ya kutoanishwa pesa alafu anaenda kudunda 24/7 ndio hatutaelewana ata kidogo na sitoi hata bob,” says the kutoanishwa pesa alafu anaenda kudunda
“Hata mtoto awe si wangu amlete tu kwangu ata saii nitamlea vizuri. Na pia madem wengine mkifeel hamuezi cope up na kulea watoi msiwadhulumu kivyovote, waleteni kwangu nitawalea,”
According to court papers seen by Citizen.Digital, the woman in question says that she met Sonko circa 1999 and went on to have a romantic, on and off relationship with the ex-governor.
Their daughter together, currently in Form 2, as per the affidavit, was born in 2007 and is currrently at home over an oustanding school fee balance.
“Mr Sonko and I are the biological parents of the minor herein,” the court papers, from the case filed at the Senior Principal Magistrate at Ngong read.
“Mr Sonko has always been defiant and brazen to accept responsibility and assist me with the maintenance of the minor. He has over the years willfully withdrawn support towards the maintenance of the minor thus denying her what is rightfully hers and forcing me to take full responsibility for the minor,”
In the meanwhile, the woman is requesting that Sonko be ordered to pay Ksh.86,000 in school fees for the minor, as well as Ksh.30,450 in school-related expenses and upkeep for the minor.
This is on top of the Ksh.448,450 monthly maintenance, which she claims will cover food and shopping, rent, security, clothing and housekeeping, entertainment, medical coverage, education, transportation, and utilities.