A woman is seeking KSh100,000 monthly upkeep in child support from House of Grace Bishop David Muriithi for her two-year-old son.
Through her lawyer Danstan Omari, the complainant, only identified as JM claims she got into a relationship with the religious leader in 2018 and sired a son with him in January 2019.
Initially, Bishop Muriithi was reportedly excited by news of her pregnancy. According to court papers, he supported her up until she delivered. Since then, however, JM claims she has been fending for the child singlehandedly.
In his defense, the bishop says that due to his line of ‘work’, he is not entitled to a monthly salary, therefore incapable of offering support to the child.
“JM avers that Muriithi is a bishop of a reputable church within the Republic of Kenya who lives a high-end life and is not willing to offer his child the same kind of life which is a clear indication of discrimination on his part,” says the court papers.
She claims “their” child had attained school-going age hence more reason why the man of God should contribute towards his expenses. The court heard that Bishop Muriithi ignored the child, and does not ask about his wellbeing or welfare.
“Muriithi has neglected his parental responsibilities least to say and has caused the minor herein to be a child in need of care and protection,” continues the court papers.
The woman wants the court to order Bishop Muriithi to pay Ksh20,000 for food and shopping, KSh35,000 for house rent, KSh11,000 for clothing, and KSh10,000 for the house help.
Further, she demands Bishop Muriithi to follow the fee structure of Kiota School in paying his school fees. Other financial demands include; KSh1,000 for salon, KSh5,000 for entertainment, KSh3,000 for utilities, and KSh2,000 for her son’s toys.