Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko now says he is in a polygamous marriage. Sonko made the revelation during the memorial service of late Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth at Moi Girls School in Nairobi on Thursday.
Governor Sonko, who was addressing reports that Okoth had sired a child outside his marriage with his Italian wife Monica, said he has two wives.
Sonko said Okoth’s family members including his widow Monica should accept the other woman and her child, adding that the country’s law allows a man to have more than one spouse.
“It is not right to divide the family of Ken. President Uhuru Kenyatta passed a Bill allowing men to marry many wives; I also have two wives,” said Sonko, whose only known wife is Primrose Mbuvi.
Sonko also claimed that he was aware that Okoth had a second wife, with whom they had a son together.
“The Late Ken Okoth has a child named Okoth with one Annitah, who is a nominated MCA in the County Assembly of Nairobi. Let us not lie to ourselves,” Sonko said.
Sonko was referring to Ms. Anne Muthoni Thumbi, who has since obtained court orders stopping Okoth’s burial or cremation.
Ms. Muthoni filed the case on behalf of a minor, who she claims is a biological son of Mr. Okoth. She named Okoth’s mother Angeline Okoth, his wife Monica Okoth and Lee Funeral Home as respondents in the case.
Ms. Muthoni claimed that Okoth’s family unilaterally decided to have his body cremated in order to destroy any evidence of the boy’s lineage to the deceased.
“The mother and the wife (of the deceased) have deliberately and unfortunately opted to exclude me from the funeral and burial arrangements of Okoth,” claims Ms. Muthoni, who is the minor’s mother.
The matter will be heard on August 9th, 2019 before Senior Principal Magistrate Hon. Addah Obura.