Kenya: Judge Gives Parties in Fidel Odinga Paternity Dispute 2 Weeks to Reach Settlement

13 November 2019

Nairobi — The High Court has allowed parties to a dispute over the estate of the late Fidel Odinga, son to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, fourteen days to negotiate and have the matter settled out court.

The court was Wednesday told that negotiation has started in view to have the matter settled without litigating the same before the court.

Trial judge Justice Aggrey Muchelule said parties can be allowed to agree on the matter outside the court.

"Not all matters that must go into full hearing and a determination made, parties can always agree to settle their dispute outside the court," Justice Muchelule said.

He directed that the matter be mentioned on November 27 to confirm the progress made by parties.

Two weeks ago, the judge had directed lawyers to come up with modality of having a DNA test conducted to establish the paternity of the two minors.

The court heard that the late Fidel had left the widow with one child, but two minors had emerged since his Fidel's death in 2015.

Justice Muchelule, told lawyers Victor Olao who appears for the Odinga family and Rogers Sagana for the widow, that the issue at hand was to establish whether two minors were sired by Fidel.

The lawyers were to agree who is to take blood samples for DNA testing.

Olao dismissed claims that the dispute in court was over Fidel's estate reiterating it was purely to determine paternity for the interest of the minors.

He urged the court to whip the press to ensure accurate reporting on matters relating to children.

"The Odinga family has no problem over the minors being include the vast estate of Fidel subject to direction of the court," he said

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