Akothee to ladies: Do the laundry and earn your share of matrimonial property
Kenyan artiste Akothee has weighed in on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on 50 per cent sharing of matrimonial property upon divorce.
The self-proclaimed president of single mothers has now advised women to be very careful in how they make their contribution in marriage.
“The court has ruled justly. Just prove your contribution. Kufua nguo au kupasi ni mchango. Lakini thamani yake ni 50 per cent ya all we have (Doing the laundry and ironing are contributions worth 50m per cent of the matrimonial property),” said Akothee, who is well known for living large and bragging about it at every available opportunity.
This was after the Supreme Court on Friday (January 27, 2023) ruled that spouses are not automatically entitled to 50 per cent share of the matrimonial property upon divorce.
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Declaring the 50:50 formula is not absolutely applicable, the Supreme Court stated that in case of divorce, each party should leave the marriage with property he or she acquired during the union though a spouse may get more based on his or her contribution to the acquisition of the matrimonial wealth.
Nation.Africa had also earlier reported that the five-judge bench led by deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu also held that each partner in marriage must prove his or her contribution to the family wealth to enable a court to determine the percentage available to him or her at distribution of the matrimonial property.
This ruling stems from a dispute between two long cohabitees who were fighting for an equal share of a property that they jointly acquired.
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The case was first instituted by the man against the woman whom he claimed to be his wife.
His arguments were that they began cohabiting as husband and wife sometime in 1986 and that from joint savings, they purchased a property that later became the bone of contention after he was evicted from it.
The man explained that the property was registered in the woman’s name because its owner was not comfortable selling the property to him because he was not from the seller’s tribe.
The man claimed despite his contribution towards the acquisition and development of the property, the woman evicted him from their matrimonial home in 2011.
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