Kenyatta signs succession law preventing secrete lovers from claiming wealth of deceased married men.

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law, a controversial succession amendment bill in support of legally married women. Kenya’s succession law as it was, created a lot of controversies as secret lovers of married men known popularly in Kenya as “Mpango wa Kandos” end up laying claims to their wealth when they pass out, causing disputes in families.

The current amendment bill which was introduced into parliament by Homa Bay Town lawmaker, Peter Kaluma has redefined who a spouse is. The new definition which looks at a spouse as “a husband or wife, or wives recognized under the Marriage Act,” has clearly cut out mistresses from such arrogations.

Following the passage of the bill, the main sponsor, Peter Kaluma told reporters that, “[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…Children have also been protected, whether or not their biological parents were married. Slay queens and woman-eaters have fallen!”

Explaining the motivation behind the bill, the lawmaker earlier said “You have witnessed these cases where some secret lovers show up with court papers demanding a share of the inheritance while your wife and children are still grieving. That is what we want to fix.”

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“These strangers cause untold anguish to widows, widowers and children. We want to do away with these attention seekers and opportunists who pop out of nowhere and want a share of what they never worked for. They then end up locking out those who rightfully own the inheritance. This bill will protect the true heirs in succession affairs, not the common friends we see surfacing.” Kaluma was further quoted by local media.

The bill which was signed into law by the President on Wednesday also trimmed down dependants to close relatives including parents, step-parents, grandparents, grandchildren among others. The bill stated that, “a person not named in this section shall not be a dependant for the purposes of this Act unless the person proves [he or she was] maintained by the deceased for a period of two years prior to the deceased’s death.”

Kenyans have been reacting to the news since the president appended his signature to the bill which puts a smile on the faces of legally married women at the expense of secret lovers. What do you think about this new amendment?

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