Nov 28, 2021

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Secret wives locked out of inheritance

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday approved the Succession Act (amendment) sponsored by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma, which aims to streamline succession matters after concerns were raised about long lists of loved ones Create confusion.

The new law restricts the surviving dependents entitled to inheritance only to the spouse and children of the deceased – regardless of whether the deceased was dependent on or not before his death.

The law also curbs secret partners who have a penchant for showing up when a person dies to demand recognition and a share of the property of the deceased.

During the debate on the bill in the National Assembly, MPs argued that after a person dies, their families should not be forced to continue to serve those whom the deceased helped or shared their property.

North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood said that helping someone out of goodwill does not mean they automatically become part of their own relatives. and anchoring the habit is likely to be abused by the intended beneficiaries.

Previously, the law included the deceased’s parents, grandparents, grandchildren, stepchildren, children the deceased had taken into their families as their own, brothers and sisters and half-brothers who were supported by the deceased as beneficiaries before death.

The President also signed the Refugee Act and the Foreign Service Act.

The new refugee The law consolidates the provisions of several international legal instruments.

The Foreign Service Act establishes, among other important provisions, the Foreign Service Academy aimed at improving Kenya’s external relations.