Controversial Kenyan singer Akothee has lauded Deputy President William Ruto for admitting publicly that he sired a child with a middle-aged woman, who moved to court Thursday to demand child support from the DP.
Akothee says she is proud of Ruto for taking responsibility to provide for his 11-year-old daughter.
“I am proud of the Deputy President. If it is true that he has been taking care of the child; and gave the lady a job, then he is responsible,” Akothee told EDAILY.
“Kenyans online have been on his case. But remember despite Ruto being the DP, he is human first – and he is a man. I would be so happy if a man who sired my child gives me even KSh20, 000 a month for support. Better still, if he sees the child frequently.
“The fact that the DP has publicly admitted that he knows the child and that the child is his, he comes across as a very responsible person. I can’t judge him; I wonder why people are judging him. Each and every family has their own cup of cake. Each and every person knows how to tackle their issues. People should strive to keep off other’s family matters because at the end of the day, the people who are responsible for the child – who has made the DP’s name trend on Twitter –, is Ruto and the child’s mother.
“Bottom-line: Because the DP just accepted that he is the child’s father, I am proud of him. Some of us were thrown out while nine months pregnant by a white guy.”
Ruto had taken to Twitter Thursday evening to admit paternity of the woman’s child, but refuted her argument in court that he has since neglected his fatherly responsibilities when he ascended to the position of Deputy President.
“My 11-year-old child Abby is well-catered for, including her education in a private boarding school. Politicians and busybodies should keep off,” said Ruto.
Ruto further claimed that the middle-aged woman, who sued him for child support, got three kids with other men.
The Deputy President wants the woman to channel her quest for child support of the other three children to their biological father(s) – and that with him (Ruto), he will only provide for his 11-year-old daughter.
“For the record, I did find Abby’s mother a 90k-a-month job, 40k monthly upkeep ever since. She went ahead and got her own three other kids though.
“The other father(s) should be men enough and look after their kids. Trying blackmail for me to cater for other men’s children won’t work,” wrote DP Ruto.
According to court documents seen by EDAILY, the woman claims she met Ruto in the year 2005 while she was a student at Moi University.
She says DP Ruto was the then-Member of Parliament (MP) for Eldoret North Constituency, when they started off their relationship.
“During our relationship and whenever Ruto was in Eldoret he would invite me to his residence in Eldoret where I would spend the night with him,” she said.
The woman claims she acquiesced to the DP’s advances because of her “gullibility as a young and naive student.”
In the court papers filed at the Children Court, the woman claims that her relationship with Ruto resulted into a pregnancy.
She adds she gave birth to a baby girl on March 6, 2006 at the Mediheal Hospital – and that the DP promised to take full responsibility for their daughter, but claims that is yet to happen.
“Since becoming the Deputy President the defendant stopped sending us money or sends when I threaten to go to court; and when he does send any money, the payment is irregular and whole inadequate and hence the necessity of these proceedings,” argued the petitioner.
She further claims she was forced to move out of a house Ruto was paying for and move into a smaller, cheaper house.
In her affidavit, she says that she received KSh35, 000 from Ruto’s messenger, who informed her that he had been told to send her the money by Ruto.
“Since then I have not received any other form of support from the defendant, “claims the woman.
Through her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara, the woman argues that the 11-year-old is entitled to and is in dire need of basic necessities, adding that Ruto is under legal obligation to support the plaintiff in the provision of such adequate or basic needs necessities as he is the father of the minor.