Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - A woman seeking $3,000 (Sh302K) monthly upkeep from her estranged husband was shocked after the magistrate advised her to find a job.

Ms Hebret Lakew de Oliveira, a Senegalese national, had sued her estranged husband, Mr. Thiery de Oliveira, who works with the United Nations at Milimani Law Courts but her case was dismissed.

While making the verdict, Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate, Agnes Ndunge Makau, noted that the complainant had a good educational background and could secure employment in the United States or the United Kingdom if she wanted to.

The complainant is a fashion designer and holder of a political science degree.

In her petition, Ms Hebret said her marriage was irretrievably broken and that she had moved into her sister’s small house. 

The amount she was seeking included Sh180,000 for rent

However, the courts dismissed the case with costs stating that the complainant was out to extort money from Mr. Thiery de Oliveira

“She has not filed evidence to prove she is entitled to the $3,000 yet she told Immigration she is disinterested in renewing her work permit. As such, I find and hold her to be aiming at extorting money from her husband,” Ms Makau ruled.

The magistrate also noted that Thiery, an Ethiopian national, pays school fees of $9,000 (Sh921,060) per term for each of their two children who study at high-end schools in Canada and England.

The court added that Thiery also pays for their upkeep and that Ms Hebret had been receiving $530 (Sh54, 240).

The estranged couple got married in New York in 1996 and later moved to Kenya where Thiery continued to work with Unep.

She, however, noted that the court can only intervene where one of the spouses is too old to work or unable to secure employment.


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