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Woman seeks to halt burial of Murunga in DNA lawsuit

Justus Murunga

Matungu MP Justus Murunga who collapsed and died on November 14, 2020 aged 59. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Ms Agnes Wangui Wambiri argues that two other women — Christabel and Grace Murunga, might lock her and her two children out of the arrangements and the actual burial.
  • Ms Wambiri said the two children are the MP’s biological children and that before his death on November 14, he always supported and maintained them.
  • The woman said the late MP had been sending her monthly rent and other maintenance through M-Pesa.

A woman claiming to be a mistress to Matungu MP Justus Murunga, who died last Saturday, has moved to court seeking to block his burial, pending the conclusion of a DNA test to confirm the paternity of her two children.

Ms Agnes Wangui Wambiri filed the case at the Milimani chief magistrate court under certificate urgency, arguing that two other women — Christabel and Grace Murunga, might lock her and her two children out of the arrangements and the actual burial.

Through lawyer Danstan Omari, Ms Wambiri further wants the court to block Lee Funeral Home from releasing the MP’s body for burial until DNA samples have been extracted.

The body was brought to Lee from the MP’s home Matungu, Kakamega County after he died on Saturday after a short illness.

Ms Wambiri wanted the court to issue an order for a collection of DNA samples from the body and the children, for tests to confirm whether he sired them. Experts appointed by both parties, she said, should conduct the DNA tests.

She also wants the children to be allowed to participate in the funeral and burial of their father.

In an affidavit filed in court, Ms Wambiri said the two children are the MP’s biological children and that before his death on November 14, he always supported and maintained them.

Ms Wambiri said she is apprehensive that there might be concerted efforts by Christabel and Grace to lock her and the children from the burial arrangements and his interment.

“That unless the honourable court does issue restraining orders against the defendants in the first instance, the matter herein may be rendered nugatory,” she said.

Ms Wambiri said she believes she has a strong and arguable case, with high chances of success. In the suit papers, Ms Wambiri said she first met Mr Murunga in 2013 when he was a supervisor at Embakasi Ranching while she was a businesswoman in Ruai.

A relationship started, and in the union, they were blessed with the children. He lived with her in Utawala and around May 2016, she said.

The woman said the late MP had been sending her monthly rent and other maintenance through M-Pesa.