A Pyin Oo Lwin woman filed a civil lawsuit against U Kyaw Thiha, National League for Democracy’s representative for the Pyithu Hluttaw, alleging negligence for failing to support a child she says he fathered with her. The case will first be heard in the Pyin Oo Lwin District Court on March 25.
Daw Khine Wutyay Thanda Maung filed the lawsuit against U Kyaw Thiha on March 11 in an effort to make him admit that he fathered a child, now 14, and take responsibility for the boy’s future, Advocate of the High Court U Aye Thaung said.
Daw Khine Wutyay Thanda Maung said U Kyaw Thiha has never taken any responsibility for the child and has consistently denied that he is the father.
The Myanmar Times reported Daw Khine Wutyay Thanda Maung’s intention to file the lawsuit in issue 668, detailing an alleged affair more than a decade ago.
Before filing the lawsuit, Daw Khine Wutyay Thanda Maung sent letters of complaint to the Amyotha Hluttaw representative of Pwin Oo Lwin, the president, speakers of both houses of parliament and NLD chair Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Daw Khine Wutyay Thanda Maung also alleged that the child was taken by U Kyaw Thiha, who promised to start looking after him – and relocated the child to the Pansakar boarding school in Mandalay. However, U Kyaw Thiha then asked the headmaster of that school to accept the child as an orphan, the lawsuit alleges.
About six days before the lawsuit was filed, the child was brought back from the school and returned to his mother.
U Ko Gyi, a Pyin Oo Lwin resident who is assisting Daw Khine Wutyay Thanda Maung, said: “The case is not aimed at recalling him [U Kyaw Thiha] as a parliamentarian or remove him from the party but to make him take care of the child’s future.”
“He should take responsibility for this,” he said.
However, U Kyaw Thiha said of the lawsuit: “I have not received a subpoena. I was not acquainted with Daw Khine Wutyay Thanda Maung and was not on intimate terms with her.”
“I paid money 10 years ago over this matter but not in person. It was not paid as alimony or damages but to make them leave me alone,” U Kyaw Thiha said. “They have no evidence at all and I will respond with defamation charges.”
U Kyaw Thiha won the Pyithu Hluttaw seat for Pyin Oo Lwin in the 2012 by-elections, defeating Union Solidarity and Development Party candidate U Khin Maung Win by 20,000 votes.
Translated by Thit Lwin