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Martha Karua roasts Khalwale online

Martin Murigi
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Former presidential candidate Martha Karua at a past event. [Source: Martha Karua/Facebook]

NARC-Kenya party leader Martha Karua has strongly criticised former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale after he opposed a court ruling which gave married women nod to inherit their father's estate.

The ruling, which has sparked off a heated debate across the country, was delivered on Tuesday by the Environment and Land Court in Nyeri.

Justice Lucy Waithaka observed that the law of succession, unlike customary law and many African traditions, gave married daughters right to inherit and own property of their father's.

But Khalwale has criticised the ruling saying it will disrupt harmony in families since it was contrary to many communities' cultural practices.

He noted among the Luhya community a woman is only entitled to inherit her father's estate if only born without a brother. 

"Culture guarantees harmony in families and keeps good public order. •Women born without a brother inherit entire father’s land •Not even an inch for married women •Divorcees are returned for burial by former husbands •Single women are buried on the hedge •Barren man sells his land," the FORD-Kenya deputy party leader said in a tweet on Thursday.

The remarks, however, were rubbished by Karua who accused the former Senator of 'stone age reasoning' for supporting practices which are not founded in the law.

She observed Khalwale has been a Member of Parliament and Senator, and, therefore, is expected not to be ignorant of the law.

"Stone age reasoning not worthy of a leader, a former lawmaker who is deemed to know the law," the former presidential candidate said.

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