Can a housewife sue for maintenance?
The Married Women’s Property Act also defends women’s property from interfering husbands and in-laws. Rossana Pluda is, perhaps, Kenya’s most famous face of spousal support. The former wife of Philip Moi, son of retired president Daniel arap Moi, went to court in 2011 seeking money that she says had been due to her in maintenance, and totalled in the millions.
Well, that point did not get him very far because about a year later, he ponied up Sh8.1 million – after he was arrested and held for a few hours for failing to obey these orders. Ms Pluda, an Italian who met Moi while on holiday in Kenya with her boyfriend, later alleged that she been a stay-at-home spouse while married to Moi, who had provided a house and shopping allowance for her.
Ms Pluda is, perhaps, Kenya’s most famous housewife who has successfully sued for maintenance, perhaps because of who it is she was suing. Not all stay at home wives are so lucky as to have the ability to so publically shame their spouses into paying up.
Jane Kariuki*, 38, a former office administrator, was married to her husband Solomon* for eight years. They have three children together.
After their first child, now 10 years old, Solomon asked Jane to stay at home to prioritise keeping their home in order while Solomon, ran his car sales business that was just starting to thrive. “He promised he would take care of me because he loved me very much and he didn’t want me to work too hard and not have time for the children,” Jane says.
So despite her reservations, she quit her work to depend on him.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation