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‘Mpango Wa Kando’And Children Born Out of Wedlock Barred from Inheriting Family wealth

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Secret Lovers, Their Children Locked out from Inheriting Property In Law Of Succession Bill
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Secret lovers and children born out of wedlock suffered a major blow after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Law of Succession (Amendment) Bill into law.

President Kenyatta signed the Bill at State House, Nairobi on Wednesday.

The signing of the Bill sponsored by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma will now see many secret lovers better known as “Mpango wa kando”, and children born out of wedlock lose the right to inherit family wealth.

Kaluma applauded the President for signing the Bill, saying it will go a long way in preventing illegitimate spouses from interfering with family inheritance.

“Today is my happiest day as a legislator! Strangers who have been pirating on the property of the dead have been stopped! Only persons who contracted valid marriage with the deceased will now claim the estate of the deceased,” said Kaluma who spoke to Standard.

Law of Succession Act was created to amend, define, and consolidate the law relating to intestate and testamentary succession and the administration of the estates of deceased persons.

The Act initially governed all persons until a 1990 amendment that exempted Muslims from applying the law.

The Act has various provisions that seek to protect and promote the rights of women and Children which states;

-That women are permitted to make wills and challenge one if not adequately provided for.

-That a wife ranks high among the dependents of the deceased husband and a surviving spouse is considered as the most suitable person to take charge of her deceased husband’s property.

-That children are allowed to inherit without making any preference to a male or female child.

The Act does not apply in cases where the deceased person was a Muslim.

The provision allows for the mandatory use of Islamic law thereby denying surviving spouse or children regardless of their religion and gender, the right to choose the succession regime to apply.