Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo has said that the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth’s mistress has no right to inheritance.
Ms Odhiambo says the fact that Anne Thumbi was not legally married to Okoth locks her out of any inheritance of the deceased’s property. She, however, added that the son she sired with Okoth is entitled to his property.
“As a lawyer, I know that Anne Thumbi has no legal rights. She is not a wife but her child has legal rights,” said Odhiambo.
On May 26, 2016 the high court ruled that every child has the right to have the name of his or her father added to the birth certificate, regardless of the marital status of the parents.
Children born out of wedlock in Kenya are also allowed to inherit their father’s property as long as there is proof of relations.
Odhiambo’s sentiments follow her recent public spat with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. According to Odhiambo, the drama by Sonko during Okoth’s funeral service was unnecessary.
Odhiambo also holds the opinion that Sonko demeaned Anne Thumbi by implying that she was only nominated to the Nairobi County Assembly because of her sexual relations with Okoth and not on merit.
“Sonko did not think about his statement. He is always in the business of demeaning women. I don’t even think he knew he was demeaning Anne Thumbi,” said Odhiambo.
Gilgil MP Martha Wangari echoed Odhiambo’s sentiments, saying that Mike Sonko’s public announcement of Ken Okoth’s private life was unnecessary.
“The late Okoth had his house in order and there was nothing to whistleblow as the child’s rights were protected,” she said further calling Sonko an attention seeker.