Why Women Must Say No To ‘Mpango Wa Kando’ Law
Recently, a bill prohibiting ‘mpango wa kando’ (secret lovers) from inheriting their partner’s property was signed into law by the President.
However, the the law protects neither the widow nor the ‘mpango’, but privileges the male gender, empowering them to extend subordination towards women.
The law was introduced by the Law of Succession (Amendment) Bill 2019 and was sponsored by Homa Bay MP Peter Kaluma. According to Kaluma, the bill was geared towards saving widows from anguish brought by secret lovers once it becomes a law.
MP Kaluma while defending the bill he explained that the secret lovers seek attention and end up becoming opportunists who sprout from the shadows to enjoy the property.
To him, the main objective of the bill was to do away with secret lovers who pop up out of nowhere and want to inherit property that they never worked for and end up locking out those who rightfully own the inheritance.
The which has been signed will from now on protect true heirs in succession affairs, not the common friends we see surfacing.
Citizens have reacted differently to the new law. The majority are for the opinion that the law should be opposed by all means because it does not protect the widow or the ‘mpango wa kando
The favours men in a relationship in the sense that a man can have multiple relationships, legitimate and illegitimate ones without a finger being pointed at him.
With the law, a man can enjoy life with ‘mpango wa kando’ without having any pain or fear of spoiling his name. This means he can choose to have several secret lovers without making a formal commitment and protection in case of death.
This means that the ‘mpango wa kando’ is only a pleasure toy and does not consider that she is in a meaningful long-lasting relationship not eligible for the inheritance of property.
The further contradicts itself at the point where a woman rendering services of a wife to the man is not acknowledged as a legitimate wife but the children born of the union are recognised.
Why recognise the children and not the mother in the union? This is the question that is attracting a lot of concern. The secret lovers will be exposed to abuse and humiliation while the man will always remain protected by the law.
Women will remain forever with the trauma of betrayal from her husband for the rest of their life with the new law put in place.
Should women say goodbye to the ‘mpango wa kando’ law?