“Mpango Wa Kando’s Children Can Now Inherit From Father’s..” Court Rules…”
Secret lovers, popularly known as Mpango wa Kandos, have received a major boost after a High Court ruled on Wednesday, February 16, that their children have the right to inherit their parent’s property.
In the ruling made by Mombasa High Court Judge, Justice Onyiego, children have the right to inherit the property of their parents whether or not their union was formal.
According to reports, Justice Onyiego noted that as long as the paternity of the children is not officially contested before a court of law, then the children are legal heirs of the properties.
He made the pronouncement in a case where a widow moved to petition a decision by her husband’s kin to stop her children from inheriting her late husband’s property on grounds that they had not formalized their union under Islamic law.
“Since paternity is not denied or challenged, failure by the children’s parents to formalize their marriage cannot be visited on them to deny them what they are, by law, entitled,” Justice Onyiego ruled.
The justice further ordered that the administrators of the property in question include her children and divide the multi-million estate equally among the deceased’s children. He added that the kind of relationship was irrelevant since the two had lived together for 10 years.
The ruling, however, does not apply to the secret lovers themselves. In the law signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in November 2021, they are barred from laying claim to the property of their spouses as they were termed as illegitimate.
The amendment, however, acknowledged children sired by the deceased spouse as legitimate and could stake a claim in the deceased’s property.