, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 19 – Philip Moi on Thursday personally appeared in court for a case in which his estranged wife Rosanna Pluda is seeking Sh7.2 million from him as alimony.
The son of retired president Daniel arap Moi appeared before judicial review judge Isaac Lenaola after he was ordered to do so a week ago, following failure to pay maintenance to Pluda.
Accompanied by about 10 plainclothes police officers, a calm Philip sat in the dock and promised to pay Sh500,000 by close of business on Thursday.
He explained that the amount was what he could afford from the Sh2 million that Pluda wanted him to pay immediately to enable her pay rent and electricity.
Lawyer Judy Thongori said her client was suffering “ because she has no rent, electricity and her car may be repossessed. We seek Sh2million immediately.”
But Philip shot up and explained to the court; “I cannot afford to raise that kind of money in one day to someone who chose to walk out of her matrimonial home.”
He added: “Being the son of the retired president does not mean I can raise what is demanded from me.”
But justice Lenaola was quick to remind him that he was in court as Philip, and not the son of the retired president.
Philip said that he was able to offer Sh200,000 but parties agreed that he should raise the Sh500,000 after Thongori complained, saying; “ that is a paltry sum given that he owes my client Sh7 million.”
Justice Lenaola directed Philip to pay the amount as a condition for preventing his arrest, pending determination of his constitutional petition on May 18 on whether parties in a marriage are equal.