Deputy President William Ruto has refuted claims by a middle-aged woman that he has neglected responsibilities as a father to their 11-year-old child.
The middle-aged woman had today (Thursday) moved to court seeking child support from Deputy President William Ruto.
Ruto has countered the woman’s claims, linking them (allegations) to politicians’ propaganda.
“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 on Twitter.
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 women 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.