Court stops MP Murunga’s burial after alleged lover sues over paternity

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Court has temporarily stopped the burial of former Matungu Member of Parliament Justus Murunga Makokha pending the hearing and determination of a case filed by his alleged lover Agnes Wangui wambiri.

Principal Magistrate Agnes Makau issued a temporary injunction restraining the MP’s wives Christabel Murunga and Grace Murunga from conducting the burial, interment or cremation or in any way dispose of the body of Murunga.

Wambiri wants the court to issue an order for the collection of DNA from the deceased and the minors for ascertainment of their paternity in the presence of pathologists appointed by both parties.

She also wants the minors to be at liberty to fully participate in the funeral and burial of their late father.

Through lawyer Danstan Omari, the applicant claims that she is apprehensive that there may be concerted efforts to lock her and her children out of the burial arrangements and the actual burial event.

How they met

According to Wambiri, she met Murunga in 2012 when he was a supervisor at Embakasi Ranching while she was engaged in vending of beverages and snacks within Sewage in Ruai.

“Shortly after we began a romantic relationship and out of the said union, we were blessed with our first child in March 2013 while our second was born in November 2017,” said Wambiri in her affidavit.

She added that the MP rented a house for her and their first child in Ruai while the deceased lived in Utawala with his wife Christabel and he would send her upkeep money through m-pesa.

The applicant further states that her relationship with the MP started hitting rock bottom in 2017 when he won the Matungu Parliamentary seat as he never wanted the public nor his family to learn of the existence of their two children and even denied her his identification card for the purpose of procuring their birth certificates.

It is alleged that after several talks and mutual agreement, the deceased resumed supporting the children but in a staggered manner until his sudden demise on 14th November 2020.

The matter will be heard on 26th November 2020.