The former President Daniel Moi’s grandson got a reprieve after a Nakuru court suspended his committal to civil jail over contempt of court.
He is accused of disregarding a court order that had directed him to avail himself for a DNA test in a case where is accused of neglecting his children.
Senior Resident Magistrate Benjamin Limo released Moi on Tuesday, July 13 on a Ksh 100,000 bond. The accused was facing a six-month civil jail term.
Moi was summoned by the court to show cause on why he should not be imprisoned after Gladys Jeruto Tagi petitioned the court accusing him of disregarding orders for DNA.
While setting aside the committal orders, the magistrate noted that Moi had availed himself and explained himself on why he never attended the exercise.
He further directed Moi to present himself for a DNA test on July 23 at Lancet Laboratories in Nakuru with the facility in charge ordered to present the results on July 28.
Gladys Jeruto through her lawyer David Mong’eri sought to have Moi committed to civil jail after failing to honor directions to take the DNA test.
In the application made on Monday, Mong’eri accused Moi of toying with the matter that involves minors insisting that court orders needed to be respected.
However, Moi’s lawyer Mutai Kipkemoi pleaded with the court not to jail his client saying there was a miscommunication from Moi’s previous counsel.
According to Mutai, his client never got the correct information about the date of the test saying he has a medical condition and has to seek advice from physicians before traveling.
He urged the court to grant his client a last chance in the matter saying he has to source funds to shoulder the expenses of the test.
Gladys Jemutai Tagi had filed the case in April this year, accusing Kibet of abandoning her children and failing to provide for their basic needs.
In her suit she had indicated that they separated in 2012 after leaving together for four years in union she said they were blessed with two children, a boy and a girl.
Through her lawyer David Mong’eri, Tagi informed the court that she has single-handedly taken care of the children after Kibet left.
She is seeking Ksh1 million monthly for the children’s support and other maintenance saying the children are suffering if the status quo remains.
Tagi had alleged that her efforts to reach out to Kibet for assistance have been futile as he does not pick her calls or respond to messages.
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