Ida Odinga and her daughter in law, Fidel’s widow Lwam Bekele are in a tussle of over the administration of the late Fidel’s estate.
Ida has gone to court claiming Fidel fathered twins and the court on Wednesday directed that DNA test be done to establish whether two minors alleged to have been fathered by ODM leader Raila Odinga’s late son, Fidel, were his.
In court papers, Ida and Winnie Odinga revealed that the late Fidel Odinga had another secret family with a luo woman.
And out of that family, he sired twins who are currently not being provided for yet Fidel left a multi-million business empire.
The court papers then give several reasons the widow should not be allowed to be the administrator of Fidel’s estate.
According to a story on Mpasho Ida and Winnie said in the court papers that Fidel had twins with a different woman – a girl and a boy – who are legally also his dependents.
The said woman is named in the court battle as Phoebe Akinyi Ogweno.
“The petitioner has deliberately failed to include and provide or otherwise show the intention of providing for the said minors hence a red flag on her intentions,” Ida said.
However, Bekelle (Fidel Odinga’s widow ) through her lawyers termed her mother-in-law’s assertions as a concoction of facts given that the said twins were born six months after Fidel’s death.
“In the birth certificates attached to the affidavit in support of the cross-petition, there is no indication of the father of the said minors. The said birth certificates do not thus prove paternity of the minors,” Bekelle said.
She rubbishes Ida’s arguments that Fidel supported the twins yet they had not been born at the time of his death.
“It’s evident that the objector’s pleadings in relation to the claims therein are inconsistent, disjointed, incoherent and can best be described as a concoction of facts. It remains inconceivable how the deceased supported minors even before they were born,” Bekelle argues.
Story by Mpasho, Neema Amani