In Kenya, there is a notion that female children are not supposed to inherit property left behind by their parents… That the Law of Succession Act means sons/male children.
I am sure you have heard someone tell you that for a girl, once she gets married they cease to be children of their father, and with that, they lose the right to inherit from the estate their of their father or mother.
Yet the Law of Succession Act and rule 7(1) (e) (i) of the Probate and Administration Rules says that all surviving children of the deceased should inherit his/her property.
Although this notion is fast changing, seven girls in Kakamega have shocked many by relinquishing their right to inherit a share of their father’s land in favour of their eight brothers.
Mzee Elisha Inyende died on March 25, 1988 leaving behind his eight sons and the seven daughters. he had the vast piece of land titles Butsotso/Shikoti/79, but had neither oral nor written will.
When the list of beneficiaries reached the court, Justice Musyoka realised that the girls had been left out, declining to divide Mzee Inyende’s estate with orders that the names of the daughters be included as beneficiaries.
Girls do not want to inherit dad’s property
But in November 26, 2019, the girls filed affidavits before Kakamega High Court Judge William Musyoka, revealing that they are not interested in getting a share of their late father’s 34-acre piece of land.
“In their affidavits they (seven sisters) surrendered their share (21.42 acres) to their brothers, whose names have been indicated in the affidavits,” Justice Musyoka read the ruling on Monday, May 31.
“That would mean that from the surrenders, Otwero gets an additional 9.18 acres, Ochango would get an additional 6.12 acres and the late Shikuku 4.59 acres and Andayi would get 1.53 acres, courtesy of the sisters,” continued the ruling.