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Woman claiming to be Wanjiru's wife gives birth

Thursday August 25 2011

Ms Judy Wambui, who claims to be a wife of the late Samuel Kamau Wanjiru, cuddles her one-day old baby boy Samwel Jones Kamau at the Nakuru Nursing Home August 25, 2011.SULEIMAN MBATIAH

Ms Judy Wambui, who claims to be a wife of the late Samuel Kamau Wanjiru, cuddles her one-day old baby boy Samwel Jones Kamau at the Nakuru Nursing Home August 25, 2011.SULEIMAN MBATIAH 

By WANJIRU MACHARIA

As memories of the late world marathoner, Samuel Wanjiru filled the athletics world championships in Daegu, a woman claiming to be his second wife delivered a bouncing baby boy.

The boy, who was delivered at the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital on Wednesday evening, was named in memory of fallen marathon hero who died under unclear circumstances in May.

The baby weighing 3.7 kilogrammes was delivered safely through a normal delivery at 6:05 pm.

Speaking at the hospital Thursday morning before she was discharged, a happy Ms Judy Wambui said she named the newly born baby Master Samuel Jonnes Kamau in memory of his late father.

“I am very excited and I thank God for the safe pregnancy and delivery, this baby has brought happiness to my life and will be a happy reminder of his late father,” she said.

Ms Wambui said she would work hard and ensure the child gets a good life just like his father would have wanted.

“We had great plans for our child and I will do everything in my powers to ensure that those goals we had for him are fulfilled,” she said.

Wanjiru died under unclear circumstances on May 15 at his home in the up-market Muthaiga Estate in Nyahururu.

By the time of his death, Ms Wambui who immediately moved to court to seek orders that she be recognised as Wanjiru’s wife was about five months pregnant.

Among other things, Ms Wambui wanted the High Court in Nakuru to allow her to participate in the late Wanjiru’s burial and samples of the late marathoner’s body be extracted during postmortem to enable a paternity test once her child was born.

Justice Anyara Emukule granted orders allowing her to extract the samples and now that the baby is born, a DNA test will be conducted at the opportune time to prove its paternity.

On Thursday, Ms Wambui did not want to delve into the DNA testing matter since it was too early.

“I want to concentrate my energies in welcoming this precious child into the world, I will give it all my attention and strength, the paternity test for a while since the samples are safe and the baby is here to stay,” she said.

While seeking the High Court’s permission to have Wanjiru’s body samples extracted before the burial, Ms Wambui through lawyer Kahiga Waitindi said she was carrying the deceased’s child whose rights should be protected even at that stage.