A 73-year-old Kenyan man went to court seeking to have his son surrender 20% of his earnings for his maintenance.
Gideon Kisira Cherowo, an old man from Biirunda in Trans Nzoia County, claims that his 48-year-old son Washington Chepkombe Cherowo abandoned him despite contributing to his education to stage he is today.
Among his four children, Mzee Cherowo said, Washington is the only one who is currently employed.
In the papers filed at Kitale High Court, the man stated that his son never send him any upkeep even though he is currently working at the Kenya Airports Authority, LindaIkejisBlog gathered.
According to him:
“I used all the resources I had to enable the defendant to be in a good position so that he can help us. Right now, my wife and I are in a horrible state yet we have a son who is working.
“I sold my land in Cheptais, Bungoma, to educate him from primary to university. I also gave him a quarter of an acre. I even went ahead to pay dowry for the defendant’s wife, which cost me four cows and some amount of money, whose sum I cannot recall.”
Cherowo pleaded with the court saying:
“I pray that since he has a good salary, I request 20 per cent of his salary to be given to me as the father.”
The case could develop into a precedent-setting affair as upkeep is normally reserved for minors and there is no clear-cut directive on how children, who become adults, should take care of their parents.
Mzee Cherowo, in the November 17 petition he filed personally, attached a testimony from one David Masyek Cherowo, another one of his sons, who also maintains that his brother should relinquish a part of his salary for his father’s upkeep.
Masyek said in the statement:
“The defendant deserted his parents after he got a job. It is now 17 years since we saw him. He does not come or send any assistance to us. We are leading a very horrible life after the defendant consumed the very thing our father had, so as to take him to school.”