kuteleza si kuanguka, jikung'uke na usimame imara. I am Pregnant with my lecturers baby Published on 13/06/2010 Q: My name is Pauline and I am a college student. I had an affair with one of my lecturers who promised to marry me. Little did I know he was also having an affair with a classmate. He is the Head of Department and Ive been failing in all my exams and CATs since I told him Im expecting his child. Hes been pushing me to drop out of school to avoid ruining his name because he is married. I realised that my classmate is also pregnant with his baby and suffering the same fate. Im torn between abortion and suing him. What should I do? A: Pauline, we shall seek to address your queries on both the abortion and on the possibility of suing your lecturer. The question of abortion is a thorny one given that abortion is outlawed under the provisions of the Penal Code Act. The act of procuring an abortion amounts to a criminal offence punishable by law where one is found guilty of committing this offence. You intend to sue the childs father but you have not stated what action you will be seeking. Given your circumstances, a possible action would be filing a suit in the childrens court once the child is born and seek the courts order for child custody and maintenance of the child pursuant to the provisions of the Childrens Act. Child maintenance The Court Order, if obtained, shall require the lecturer to provide support towards the childs maintenance. The court will not order full support from the father as it is understood the mother of the child must also contribute towards maintenance of the child. A court order is sought by filing a case in the childrens court where you will have to provide evidence that the lecturer is indeed the father and he will be allowed an opportunity to defend himself. Once the court has considered the evidence from both parties and is guided by the provisions of the law, in this case being the Childrens Act, it shall proceed to make a finding, which is what we call the Order. However, there are limitations to this action given that the two of you are not married. If the Court finds that the childs father has acted in a manner as to acquire parental responsibility, notwithstanding that the two of you are not married, it may proceed to make an order for him to support the childs maintenance. In some instances, parties to a situation like this enter into negotiations and reach an out-of-court settlement. This agreement can then be recorded in Court as a Parental Responsibility Agreement, and where this is done, the agreement is enforceable by the Court.