Phoebe Akinyi Gweno, who is said to have delivered Fidel Odinga’s twins, has emerged and disowned a suit filed by Ida Odinga.
Akinyi has termed the court battle started by Ida as malicious, raising interest about what she tells the court.
“The petition is marred with ill will and malicious motives, creating a tussle with the deceased’s widow on one side and the deceased’s mother and siblings on the other, her lawyer John Swaka said.
“The interested party and her children have been left in between owing to her seeking to be enjoined as an interested party to clear the air and give her position on the same,” he said.
In court documents obtained by the Star, Akinyi says she wants to be a party to the case in the interests of her children and to “clear the air.”
Akinyi filed the affidavit on Friday, just four days after the High Court ordered a DNA test on the twins to determine if they are indeed the late Fidel’s children. If not, they present the Odinga’s with tough options.
In the case, Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s wife Ida and her daughter Winnie are seeking to block Fidel’s widow Lwam Bekele from solely administering her late husband’s estate.
“The widow to the deceased [Lwam] petitioned the court for letters of administration for her late husband’s estate.
The said petition was objected to by the deceased’s mother [Ida] and sister [Winnie], respectively.
The objectors mentioned my children and I in the matter,” Akinyi stated in her affidavit.
I intend to be enjoined as an interested party for the interests of my children and to also clear the air and give my voice on the same,” she stated.
Akinyi has been managing a forex Bureau at Adams Arcade and sometimes at Warwick Centre in Gigiri.
It is not clear whether she had an intimate relationship with Fidel but Odinga’s son used to change his money there and conduct his M-Pesa transactions at the same bureau.
“We do not know if Fidel actually had a relationship with Akinyi and whether the twins are actually Fidel’s,” Akinyi’s colleague at the Forex Bureau said.
In the request filed in the High Court under a certificate of urgency, Akinyi asserts that she is the biological mother of the twins – a girl and a boy — but the birth certificates do not identify the father.
She explains that she intends to be a party to the case to protect the interests of the minors who together with herself stand to suffer “irreparably” if the court denies her the opportunity.