A 73-year-old Kenyan man has petitioned the court to have his son surrender 20% of his earnings for his support.
Gideon Kisira Cherowo, from Biirunda in Trans Nzoia County, claims that his 48-year-old son Washington Chepkombe Cherowo abandoned him despite contributing to his education up to the university level.
Mzee Cherowo stated in papers filed at Kitale High Court that his son does not send him any maintenance despite the fact that he is currently employed by the Kenya Airports Authority.
Mzee Cherowo stated that Washington is the only one of his four children who is currently employed.
“I used every resource I had to put the defendant in a position where he could assist us. “Right now, my wife and I are in a terrible state, but we have a son who works,” the plaintiff stated in a civil suit filed in the Supreme Court.
“I sold my land in Cheptais, Bungoma, to fund his education from primary school to university. I also gave him a quarter-acre plot of land. “I even went ahead and paid dowry for the defendant’s wife, which cost me four cows and some money, the amount of which I cannot recall,” the enraged father said.
“I pray that because he has a good salary, I request that 20% of his salary be given to me as the father,” Cherowo asked the court.
The case has the potential to set a precedent because upkeep is normally reserved for minors and there is no clear-cut directive on how children who become adults should care for their parents.
Mzee Cherowo attached testimony from another of his sons, David Masyek Cherowo, in the November 17 petition he filed personally, who also maintains that his brother should relinquish a portion of his salary for his father’s upkeep.
“After getting a job, the defendant abandoned his parents.” We haven’t seen him in 17 years. He does not come or send any help to us. “We are living a horrible life because the defendant consumed the very thing our father had so that he could take him to school,” Masyek said in the statement.