Man claiming to be Ntimama’s son wants body exhumed for DNA
A 60-year-old man seeks exhumation of William ole Ntimama’s remains to prove his case that he is his biological son. In new court documents, George Kariuki (pictured) says he has the right to extract samples from Ntimama’s body to facilitate DNA analysis.
He said he is Ntimama’s biological son so he is entitled to inherit his name as well as his vast estate. Kariuki, who surfaced after the death of the former Cabinet minister in September, said he wants to fulfill his father’s wish of being recognised as his son fulfilled.
The man says he was born in 1956, out of the relationship Ntimama had with his mother Rebecca Wanjiku. “He approached me in 2007 and requested that I try to popularise ODM in Central Kenya, and that is why I contested for the Limuru parliamentary seat on the party ticket, “Kariuki said.
He said Ntimama offered to finance his campaigns and even donated Sh2 million and gave him a Range Rover and a Mercedes-Benz. When he first sued, the court declined to order a DNA test. Justice Joseph Onguto said the businessman should have sought orders while Ntimama was alive.
“Whatever the petitioner wants can be claimed even after the funeral. I do not see any urgency in this matter. The specimen he seeks to be retrieved could have been easily obtained from the late politician when he was alive,” he said. Ntimama’s family says the suit is an abuse of the court process. The hearing was set for December 20. The case will be heard on December 20.