Man claim­ing to be Nti­mama’s son wants body ex­humed for DNA

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

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.

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