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Appeal Court split on who between men and women should maintain the other upon divorce - 10 months ago, 14 June 00:11

Kamau Muthoni

 

The Court of Appeal is split on whether women should pay men maintenance upon divorce in the event the women earn more.

The Court of Appeal judge Erastus Githinji could not agree with judges Hannah Okwengu and Jamila Mohammed on who, between a man and a woman, should maintain the other.

Justice Githinji was of the view that the interpretation of the law on paying alimony is archaic and against men.

He said:”It is my humble view that the so-called traditional gender role has been superseded by the provisions of the Constitution and Marriage Act, 2014 and is not therefore a relevant factor in determining whether or not an order for maintenance should be made in favour of a husband...”

He observed that the country had accepted in Article 45(3) of the Constitution that marriage is made of equals, hence it would be unfair not to open doors for men ...
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