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Subsidy in dowry payment will be main agenda of this year’s men’s conference

By Freya Wanjiku January 28th, 2023 2 min read

Media personality Stephen Letoo has given details of what on the agenda of this year’s men’s conference. The event happens in Kenyan every year on Valentine’s Day as a section of men congregate to discuss issues that effect the boychild.

Now, Letoo, the self-proclaimed President of the Polygamy Association in Africa, says top of the agenda in this year’s men’s conference will be a discussion on subsidizing dowry payment.

To that effect, Letoo has informed all members to plan accordingly.

“We want all parents to reduce the price of dowry so that all men who want to marry even more than one wife can easily do so,” Letoo said.

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The advocate of polygamy has in the past stated that his Maasai culture allows men to marry as many wives as they please.

“Polygamy for me is the African way of life,” he is on record for syaing.

The men’s conference stance on dowry payment comes in the wake of a rule by the Supreme Court that will now make spouses not to be automatically entitled to a 50 per cent share of the matrimonial property during the dissolution of a marriage.

The court held that equality in the marriage does not mean 50:50 sharing of the property upon divorce but that the distribution should be based on each individual’s contribution towards acquisition of assets and prove of the same.

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Article 45(3) of the Constitution deals with equality of the fundamental rights of spouses during the dissolution of a marriage, such equality does not mean the re-distribution of proprietary rights or an assumption that spouses are automatically entitled to a 50 per cent share by the fact of being married.

In its ruling the Supreme Court of Kenya said a party (spouse) must prove contribution to enable a court to determine the percentage available to him/her at the distribution of matrimonial property and that the test to determine the extent of contribution is one on a case-to-case basis.

“What amounts to a fair and equitable legal formula for the reallocation of matrimonial property rights at the dissolution of a marriage and whether the same can be achieved by a fixed means of apportionment at a 50:50 ratio should be done in light of the circumstances of each individual case,” the Supreme Court said.

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