Joshua Werunga is not a name that many are familiar with. But there is a woman who is intimately familiar with this man, the speaker of Trans-Nzoia.
Narooma McDiarmid was a Scottish missionary when she met the Mayor of Kitale in 2008. Narooma McDiarmid was 26 and planning to set up the Schecaniah Children’s Centre in Kitale town where Joshua Werunga was the Mayor.
Narooma was instantly bewitched with the mayor and their romance started. They married in Washington State, USA on February 7, 2009. but things soon fell apart after and Werunga disappeared back to Kenya. Narooma said:
“Werunga walked out on me and my parents and disappeared to Kenya when I was 20 weeks pregnant. He didn’t see her (our daughter) till she was four months old.
She also pondered about where Werunga was during their child’s birth. She asked?
Who can’t be there for their child’s birth?
She added more sad details about how she had tried to reunite with the former mayor. She explained:
My mother took a loan of $3,000 for him to come and join us, but he never came. He spent the money and never bothered to repay.
Why speak publicly about her situation with Werunga? She has a purpose for reaching out to the media. She wants to make him pay child support. She said:
I want assistance to also compel him to pay the nine years of support he owes me.”
When Joshua Werunga was contacted by The Nairobian, he did not deny the claims of Narooma that he was the father of her child but said that he had another family. Because of this fact, he could not abandon them to head over to Scotland. he said:
“She was living in the United States with her family but relocated to Scotland, I cannot leave my job to go and live in her country, Everything she’s saying is the truth. I’m willing to support them but not there, let her go ahead and write whatever she wants.”
Narooma now lives in a hostel for the homeless in Edinburgh, Scotland with her eight-year-old daughter where. Since she has known him, she says that the only amount he has sent to her for their daughter’s upkeep is 1000 shillings! This after spending time with his daughter on a couple of occasions.
At the moment she survives on hope and philanthropy of church members.
Quotes courtesy of the Nairobian