Court orders arrest of Jirongo for neglecting his baby
A warrant of arrest has been issued for the former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo after a woman locked up in a child custody tussle with him moved to court citing negligence on his part.
Nairobi Children’s Court Senior Resident Magistrate D.K Kuto issued the warrant of arrest on July 3 in the presence of lawyers representing the disputing couple.
“A warrant of arrest against Mr Shakhalanga Khwa Jirongo is hereby issued and the same be executed by the Muthaiga Police station OCS,” Mr Kuto said.
According to the mother of the one year-old child, she had sent a text to the former MP informing him that she would pass by his office so that he could bond with the minor on May 15.
In her court documents, she claimed that she left the minor to get diapers from a supermarket but delayed because she passed through a chemist and returned after an hour to find an already closed office.
Through her lawyer Paul Njuguna, she claims that their relationship has been stressing her and she was dizzy that day that is why she went to a chemist and took longer than expected.
She accuses Mr Jirongo of taking away the baby at that time and abandoning it to one of his relative whom she regards as a stranger to her child.
“I had not yet weaned my baby, she was still dependent on breast milk when the father separated the child from me yet she needs my care and protection. He took him away to an unknown place and I have not seen her since then,” the lady said.
However, Mr Jirongo, in a suit he filed at the High Court after the mother of his daughter had sued him in the Children Magistrate Court, accused the woman of abandoning the child in his office while he was upcountry.
MANY OTHER CHILDREN
The 24 year woman old who resides in Nairobi’s Kilimani area wants back the custody of her child, but Mr Jirongo alleges that he can take care of it in the same manner he does to his many other children.
According to the woman, who had been in a mutual relationship with him since 2013, he has been intolerably cruel and she is afraid he would treat their child in that manner.
“Unless interim orders are issued to divert the care and control of the minor, the general welfare of the child would be gravely affected,” Ms Njuguna said.
The couple will appear in Court on Friday, July 10 for further directions on the matter.