Serena manager sued for ‘holding son captive’
A lawyer has sued Tanzania’s Serena Hotels general manager Raheem Mehdi Azid seeking to compel him to return their son to her, claiming he is holding the boy captive.
She claims the man deserted their son in a boarding facility away from her. She works in Kenya, while he works in Tanzania. The two are divorced.
The lawyer says she has been denied direct communication with her son against the parental responsibility agreement the two signed in 2008.
“The boy is alone in the UK and hence vulnerable to irreparable harm and should be in the hands of a responsible person with immediate effect. The child continues to be denied motherly love, care and attention as guaranteed under both Kenya and international laws, to which the country is a signatory,” she says.
In court documents, the mother says Azid, a Kenyan, manipulated authorities in Tanzania, to release his and the boy’s passport, despite an order that required the documents deposited in court.
The woman says she obtained the court documents on August 3 at the High Court in Tanzania directing him to release the child, but he has disobeyed the order. But Azid sneaked the child into the UK on August 8, she says.
The child went to live with him during the August holiday.
The two were allegedly married on February 2, 2002, under African Christian Marriage rites.