What is it that makes a person neglect or abandon their child, whom they know exists?
Baby mama dramas and the existence of deadbeat parents have become a norm in Kenya with either parent creating scandals to get the others’ attention.
On average, baby mama and dead beat dramas are witnessed every day on Facebook. If it is not one party calling out their other for neglect of duties, it is one accusing the other of denying them access to their children.
Honestly, this has to be stopped. Innocent children should not be put at the helm of two people fighting over their feelings.
Recently, Radio Jambo host Joseph Ogidi popularly known as Gidi opened up about the co-parenting hurdles he was facing with the mother of his child.
In an Instagram post, Gidi called out his baby mama for apparently denying him access to his son. He was making reference to Zari and Diamond Platnumz’s relationship while raising their children.
“This post has warmed my heart. I have another one who has refused access to my son, nimejaribu nikchoka. We men tunapitia mambo hapa nje but we just vumilia. Lakini Mungu mbele.” He wrote.
Although we cannot substantiate the claims made by Gidi, it is clear that the man has not seen his child for quite some time.
In yet another incidence in May, aspiring politician Silas Jakakimba also aired their dirty laundry on Facebook after he called out his child’s mother for allegedly trying to extort him.
Jakakimba said he had been assaulted for refusing to pay child support to the ex-wife adding that he was being blackmailed and denied access to his son despite taking care of his basic needs.
The matter is in court and it’s just a matter of time before another explosion is witnessed.
Not leaving out Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi who is caught up in a drama with the mother of his child and is accused of abandoning the daughter amid joining Form One.
According to Winfred Wangui, the lawmaker impregnated her while she was still a domestic worker at his residence and ever since he failed to own up.
Wangui has been seeking financial help from well-wishers for weeks while calling out the legislator for abandoning his child.
Recently, Wamatangi is said to have sent Sh7,000 through proxies as part of the child’s school fees. The girl gained admission at the Starehe Girl’s High School and needs Sh53,554.
Wamatangi is however still adamant and has turned a deaf ear despite calls to help raise the child he sired.
With these and many other cases, parents need to man up and take care of the innocent children they sired without having to go through court and social media sideshows. It is a modest thing to do.