Man wants Ntimama’s body exhumed in paternity row

October 25, 2016 1:28 pm
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George Kariuki is seeking the order in an amended petition filed in court on Tuesday after judge Joseph Onguto declined to stop the politician's burial in September to enable him get DNA samples/FILE
George Kariuki is seeking the order in an amended petition filed in court on Tuesday after judge Joseph Onguto declined to stop the politician’s burial in September to enable him get DNA samples/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – A 60 year-old man claiming to be a son of the late William ole Ntimama now wants his body exhumed so that a paternity test can be done.

George Kariuki is seeking the order in an amended petition filed in court on Tuesday after judge Joseph Onguto declined to stop the politician’s burial in September to enable him get DNA samples.

The matter was coming up for hearing but was adjourned to December 20 as his lawyer was not ready to proceed.

Kariuki wants the court to declare that he is a beneficiary and therefore entitled to inherit Ntimama’s property.

Ntimama’s family however wants the petition struck out and described it as frivolous and lacking merit.

The family’s lawyer Omwanza Ombati stated that the petition before the court is not urgent and there are no issues of law that have been raised to warrant the court to hear it.

The judge directed the parties in the suit to prepare to argue the preliminary objection raised by the family on December 20, 2016.

The court had declined to issue an order to halt the burial of Ntimama as his family urged the court to reject the suit.

Justice Onguto asked why Kariuki came to court late seeking to stop the interment of Ntimama having known him for the last 60 years.

The judge said the order he sought to have a DNA test was not urgent.

Ntimama was buried on September 14, 2016 at his Narok home.

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