Deputy President William Ruto has found himself in hot water with his family after a woman sued him for failing to provide her with financial support for their child.
The woman identified as Prisca Bett filed the suit through her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara on Thursday, February 2 at the Milimani law courts.
According to court documents, the middle-aged woman claims to have once been William Ruto’s lover. She said they met in 2005 while she was a student at Moi University.
”During our relationship and whenever Ruto was in Eldoret, he would invite me to his residence where I would spend the night with him,” she said in the court documents.
She further claims that Ruto proposed a romantic relationship to her to which she acquiesced to, blaming her naivety and gullibility as a young student for accepting.
The DP then went on to assure her that he would take full responsibility for their daughter which she gave birth to in 2006.
She now accuses Deputy President William Ruto of failing to keep up with his promise since becoming the deputy president. She noted that her daughter was in dire of basic necessities like food, education, shelter and healthcare.
”Since becoming the Deputy President the defendant stopped sending us money (unless) he is threatened with court, and when he does send any money the payment is irregular and inadequate and hence the necessity of these proceedings.”
She further stated that she and her child were evicted from the house in which Ruto was paying for to a smaller cheaper one.
“The defendant has eschewed and neglected his parental responsibility as demanded of him under the constitution of Kenya,” said her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara.
He noted that the woman does not have an income hence the urgency.
“Unless the application herein in certified urgent, the minor will continue to suffer irreparable loss to healthy growth and educational development,” said Imanyara.