Nairobi Resident Magistrate F. Terer has barred all media houses, both electronic and print from covering the child upkeep case involving Senate speaker Ken Lusaka.
In new orders issued, no media house should cover the case where Lusaka was sued for allegedly neglecting his unborn child.
“That a gag order is hereby issued to any print or electronic mass media in Kenya from açcessing, publishing, airing, narrating or commenting the case in any newspaper, journal, weekly magazine and TV or radio show,” the gag order red in part.
Earlier in June, social media was thrown into a frenzy following the revelations by one Irene Naswa Mutaki who intimated that she was expectant with the former county boss’ child yet he had neglected his duties.
In documents filed in court, Ms Mutaki was demanding Sh200,000 monthly in support of the unborn child or Sh25 million if unable to meet the monthly obligations.
The demands, the woman said were due to the high-risk pregnancy that she was carrying through hence needed utmost prenatal care.
“Lusaka’s defiant and brazen refusal to accept responsibility and assist the applicant to access esteemed hospitals capable of giving her highest standard of prenatal care threaten the life of their unborn child and is, therefore, in sharp contravention with the constitutional safeguards of life which begins at conception,” read the court documents.
Following the buzz surrounding the case, Lusaka owned up and accepted that he was the father of the unborn child and opted to have the matter ettled out of court.
Through his lawyer Peter Wanyama, Lusaka told that court that he was willing to pay for the child’s maintenance once it is born.
He further added that he would cater to Ms Mutaki’s ante-natal care until the child was born hence sought to have the matter negotiated out of court and the matter be finalized.
The case has been set for mention on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, for further directions.