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Writing a will is not enough, Nyandarua Senator tells married men

In many instances when men die, the absence of a will often lead to hardships for their wives and children.

Karangu Muraya, a renowned Kikuyu musician and philanthropist, recently sparked a debate on his Facebook page by urging men to prioritise writing a will to protect their families’ interests in their absence.

“To my fellow men, remember that writing a will doesn’t imply your demise…. widows often face hardships out here,” he said.

Now, Nyandarua Senator John Muhia Methu has added his voice to the debate by proposing an alternative approach to empowering women.

“Instead of solely relying on wills, empower your wife to the extent that even in your absence, she possesses the resilience to withstand mistreatment. No one should be able to mistreat your wife without facing consequences,” Methu said.

The discussion initiated by Muraya’s post highlights the broader societal conversation regarding estate planning and gender empowerment.

A will is a crucial legal document that allows you to maintain control over the distribution of your assets and provide for your loved ones after your death. But why is it so crucial?

Distribution of assets: A will allows you to specify how your assets will be distributed after your death. Without a will, the distribution of your rewources will be determined by laws of your country or state, which may not align with your wishes.

Protecting loved ones: A will enables you to provide for your loved ones according to your wishes. You can ensure that your spouse, children, and other dependents are taken care of financially.

Avoiding family disputes: Clear instructions in a will can help prevent disputes among family members over the distribution of assets. By clearly stating your intentions, you can minimise the likelihood of conflicts arising after your death.

Appointing guardians: If you have minor children, a will allows you to designate a guardian to care for them in the event of your death. Without a will, the court will appoint a guardian based on its own judgment, which may not align with your wishes.