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Mpango wa kando? Woman demands Prisons boss Isaiah Osugo’s DNA in paternity row

The High court has ordered the body of the late Isaiah Osugo to be presented at Kisii level Five hospital for extraction of body tissues for DNA sampling to confirm the paternity of two minors he is reported to have sired with a woman.

Justice Ogolla sitting at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi also directed the medical superintendent at the Kisii level 5 hospital to extract the samples from Osugo’s remains.

Osugo was the former Commissioner General of Kenya Prisons.

Justice Ogola granted the orders after Ms Julia Kamuiru presented a case under a certificate of urgency seeking orders to halt the burial so as to get the DNA samples.

Justice Ogola ordered the orders to be effected by the Kisii Police court commandant.

He however declined to halt the state burial of Osugo who died on January 1, 2023.

In her application, Ms Kamuiru said she has lived with Osugo for 20 years and their relationship was blessed with two children aged 16 and 10.

Lawyer Danstan Omari for the family of Osugo had suggested that samples of DNA of Osugo’s six other children be taken in future for comparrison with Julia’s children to prove paternity

But Justice Ogolla allowed lawyer Deborah Kyalo’s plea to get to samples before the body is lowered to the grave after a 21gun salute in line with the Kenya Prisons protocol.

Osugo died while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital where he was battling cancer.

He was appointed to the correctional department as the commissioner general of prisons in 2008 by late president Mwai Kibaki from his previous post as the Nairobi provincial Criminal Investigations Department (CID) chief, replacing Gilbert Omondi who retired.

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