Secret lovers, popularly known in Kenya as Mpango wa Kandos, have been dealt a huge blow by President Uhuru Kenyatta after he signed the Law of Succession (Amendment) Bill into law.
In the Bill assented to on Wednesday, November 17, the secret lovers were barred from laying claim to property of their spouses after they were termed illegitimate.
Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma introduced the Amendment Bill in November 2019 seeking to lock out the secret lovers as part of the spouse’s dependents.
With the the new law, the list of dependents has been reduced to include the deceased’s parents, step-parents, grandparents, grandchildren and step-children.
Others are brothers, sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters and children he took under his own wings.
In March 2021, Kaluma had argued that he introduced the bill to prevent anguish caused by the secret lovers on widows.
“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,” stated at the time.
Several MPs who supported the bill at the time added that families were being broken and left to wallow in poverty due to the worrying trend where secret lovers takeover. Nyando MP, Jared Okelo noted that some women and men emerge only to frustrate families, and paternity tests later exonerate the dead as attention seekers are glorified.