He is not my husband - female MP tells court after father of her children asked to be released from jail

The MP's estranged husband is accused of murder

File image of Peter Karanja, ex-husband to Gilgil MP Martha Wangari during a past court appearance. Karanja is a suspect in the murder of Tob Cohen

Gilgil Member of Parliament Martha Wangari has denied claims that Peter Karanja, a suspect in Tob Cohen's murder, is still her husband.

Martha and the murder suspected separated and are said to have divorced over a year ago after she accused him of violence, stinginess, adultery, alcoholism and desertion.

Mr Karanja allegedly told the court that he is still married to the MP and would be living in a property in Gilgil which he claimed to be his.

"We have no marriage relationship with Peter Karanja and the Gilgil home he has claimed to he his is mine. The Gilgil home is subject to several court cases on ownership.

"He also has another home at Gem within Gilgil. He can reside there," the MP responded in court papers.

A stranger to the proceedings

Justice Daniel Ogembo who was hearing an application for bail from Mr Karanja further declared MP Wangari a stranger to the proceedings of Karanja's case.

The MP had applied to be enjoined in the case to issue statements on Karanja's character.

Karanja's relatives had been questioned by the probation officer on whether he can be released on bail and the report was presented in court.

Justice Ogembo will decide on Karanja's bail on October 29.

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