Why JB Masanduku is begging to see his kids

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Comedian and former radio presenter JB Masanduku is pleading with his ex-wife fellow radio presenter Tinah Kaggia to be allowed to see their kids.

Masanduku (real name Nathan Kimani) and Tina split two years ago and the radio presenter recently accused the comedian of being a dead beat dad. The two wedded in 2014 at a private ceremony that was preceded by a civil ceremony at the Attorney General’s chambers. The divorced couple has two children.

It was the latest in a long-running drama that refuses to die away. On his return to the stage in August in West Pokot, comedian JB Masanduku explained that he had missed the stage and, perhaps predictably, turned to the one topic he has always been unable to avoid: his failed marriage to former radio presenter, Tina Kaggia.

In an interview with a local newspaper in October 2017, Ms Kagia revealed details of her rocky three year marriage to the comedian that she claims had at some point made her feel suicidal. In the interview, she claimed the marriage failed to work because JB Masanduku neglected her, manipulated and lied everyday.

According to his ex-wife nothing could be farther from the truth. She says that while there have been numerous stories coming from him about how their divorce was concluded sometime last year, the process is actually still in its final stages with a decree set to come out this month.

Tina says that she has been following the court process alone and has remained silent on the issue in an attempt to keep the matter private since the courts have not issued the necessary decrees.

But now Masanduku, who inherited his late dad’s stage name, has requested for a round-table meeting with Tina to discuss co-parenting.

“Tina, first and foremost I hope you are well and doing fine. I beseech you that we have a sit-down and we talk about how I would probably see the kids. It will not interfere with someone you or I am seeing but I think it is integral for them to know their father and hear part of my story,” Masanduku said at a recent TV interview.

Masanduku’s response comes a month after Tina publicly claimed that he has abdicated his responsibilities as a father.

“He doesn’t know where we live. He doesn’t know about my son’s school. Anyone who has doubts should ask him to produce any receipt of any contribution he has made to the children’s upkeep,” Tina claimed.

That said, Masanduku is reported to have moved on and is now dating one Jackie Karanja.

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