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DNA tests ‘confirm’ Wanjiru is the father of son


NAKURU, Kenya, April 18- Judy Wambui Wairimu one of the consorts of the late Samuel Wanjiru has made public DNA tests of her baby son that she claims confirms the Olympics Marathon champion as the biological father.

Consequently, she has given Triza Njeri, Wanjiru’s recognised widow and the late star’s mother, Hannah Wanjiru a 15-day notice to commence succession proceedings failure to which she will do so herself.

According to Wambui, results of the analysis done by biotech forensics of the late Wanjiru state probability that he was the child’s father were ‘99.99 percent.’

The samples that were taken for testing were those of the late Wanjiru, Wambui and the baby’s the charges made on Wednesday add.

Soon after the Wanjiru’s death on the morning of May 16 last year, Wambui, who was heavily pregnant at the time came out and announced that she was his second wife.

Efforts to obtain orders from the High Court allow her to be part of the burial arrangements were futile but she was allowed to extract parts from his body for DNA analysis that were used for testing when the baby was born.

Wanjiru said she was “very happy” after it was confirmed the Beijing gold medallist was her sons father.

She also wants the government to expedite investigations into his death so that justice can be done.

The latest development comes days after the deceased mother made curious claims that her son was killed by authorities and efforts to get to the bottom of his untimely death concealed as a conspiracy to get to his reported wealth.

Wanjiru, who was also a two-time Chicago and 2010 London Marathon champion died after falling from the balcony of his Nyahururu home triggering a sequence of claims and counterclaims over his death and a property tussle that included his widow, mother and now, Wambui.

It was reported that on his way to Nyahururu from his training base in Kaptagat on the fateful hours before his demise, Wanjiru passed by her consort in Nakuru where he had established her settlement.

Wambui’s fresh claims come at a time where the distance running fraternity is preparing to observe the one year anniversary into the death of the star that shook the entire world.

Wanjiru made history at the Beijing Olympics when he became the first Kenyan to bag the Olympics marathon title in a championship record of 2:06:32 achieved in what was largely a gun to tape performance that remains one of the most captivating displays at the event.

Kenya will choose three of his potential successors to the Olympics crown in London on April 30.