'MPANGO WA KANDO' TO MISS INHERITANCE FOLLOWING THE CHANGES IN SUCCESSION LAW.
President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to the Law of Succession Bill, sponsored by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma
President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to the law of succession Bill sponsored by MP Peter Kaluma of Homa Bay town which is meant to smoothen the administration of succession matters.The matter was made official, that secret wives, stepchildren, half-brothers and sisters among other dependents will no longer have a right in the sharing of a dead parent's possessions.
MP Peter Kaluma. Photo courtesy
The new law now limits the entitlement to inherit property to only the spouse and children of the deceased whether or not the property was maintained by the deceased prior to death. The law further condemned the idea of secret partners who just pop up when a person dies to demand for property and recognition.
The previous law had included the deceased parents, grandparents, stepchildren, children that were being helped by the deceased, sisters, brothers, grandchildren, half-brothers and sisters as beneficiaries.
Inheritance Law Book. Photo courtesy
During the debate on the Bill in the National Assembly, Mp's said that when a person dies, the family left behind should continue giving support to those the deceased was helping. One of the MP from Imenti North Rahim Dawood stated that supporting someone out of goodwill does not make them part of the family.