A landmark ruling for women in Kenya – BBC Africa



Mary Wambui’s divorce settlement has set precedent in Kenya, when the presiding judge acknowledged that housework is work in a matrimonial case ruling. This is the first implementation of the 2013 Matrimonial Property Act.

This is a landmark declaration for women across Africa and can now be used by other judges in determining cases where housewives are involved hence awarding them with the necessary monetary compensation.

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  • Title: A landmark ruling for women in Kenya – BBC Africa
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    1. This is the most foolish ruling ive ever heard…now we are paying women for the work they ought to be doing anyway…I mean the husband goes to work to support the whole family financially..now they have to pay their housewives in the name of "women recognition"…where is this world headed to…???

    2. Français  Anglais

      Note conformité: la loi dit de protèger les souches démunies et la seule chose est donc de les aider. Et comme l'aide est assimilable à la mendicité, la paresse (entraine 3 grands maux, l'ennui, le vice et l'envie – le besoin de faire quelque chose ou de consommer) et l'homme qui travaille n'est pas un esclave pour ses frères car, nous avons tous les mêmes chances pauvres ou riches et il faut savoir les propensions importantes pour vos besoins, afin d'tre à l'aise et le moins chèr est ce qui vous aide, en ce que consomme les riches. par exemple les climatiseurs de 10 000 à 25 000 Fcfa, vous aident même pendant 1 an à avoir le niveau escompté d'un riche qui dort en climatiseur. vous n'avez donc pas à dépenser en ce qui vous semble important à tout le monde mais pour vous. les européens nous prêtent avec intérêts et notre pays regorge de villes, la 36 e et vers la 56 e les plus chères dans le monde. de cafait, on se demende si nous sommez riches pour avoir à payer des intérêts, car le budget de 50 000 milliards est probant, si l'on regarde des factures de certains vendeurs surtout d'elctro ménagers qui semble t-il sont investisseurs ou prêteurs et estce ainsi qu'ils recupèrent? ou alors c'est une erreur de recouvrement? ils en ont énormement. Au delà, il y a des mésures visant à la reconnaissance des chercheurs, selon les quelles l'on peut donc vendre à un pays africains venant de l'extérieur, comme suit: jus en cannette, 5 $ en aux states et au cameroun 1 $, alors le fmi ou la banque mondiale nous gratifie de 4 $ pour la force de production pour compenser en nos pays mas l'avantage est en le pays américain, car vous avez vos 1$ en Afrique mais 4$ vous sont virés aux states et juste aux states. dans la norme vos produits doivent se vendre à 5$ en Afrique. la restriction doit s'appliquer si vous ne voulez pas ou si vous ne pouvez pas vendre en Afrique à 5 $. pour un africains, qui a la même chance, si le produits est à 0.2 $ en Afrique, par exemple un chocolat, alors si celui veut le vendre en Europe par exemple à 0.4 $ alors, si on accepete cela, en Europe, il aura l'avantage escompté et sera viré juste sur le territoire européen et en Afrique sa monnnaie vaudra si il a 0.4 $, parce que l'on connait les coupures sur les 0.4 $, 0.2 $, si il sedéplace avec ces copures sur le territoire camerounais, afin que soit maitenu les équilibre de puissances, car si l'on s'enrichit en Europe, alors on viendrait renverser. ce qu'il faut comprendre est que le prix en viguer en un pays est le même si vous êtes à l'extérieur. par exemple je suis au brésil et je veux le chocolat camerounais, il vaut 0.2 $, alors je l'importe à 0.2 $. mais surement un camerounais souhaiterait exporter à plus chère, alors qu'il vaut 0.2 $. le vendre à 0.4 $ alors qu'il vaut 0.2 $, le prix d'équlibre et homologué, car la mercuriale mondiale doit être faite pour s'entendre. sinon l'on retombera dans les travers de la trmperie, car il y en a dans les transactions internationales. aussi, pour ce qui ezt des élévations de prix alors que certains ne reversent les impots, l'on ne saurait à quoi c'est dû. je ne suis pas dans les livres pour savoir ce qui se passe. et depusi lors l'on a pas rendu et c'est des moyens pour. ne pas faire payer l'impots à certains et élver les prix ou encore, donner certains autres avantages. sans me prononcer je me dit que l'économie est la gestion de la maison et l'on sait qui a tort et si personne n'est inquièté pourquoi tout le monde se plaint? il faut dire la vérité. Moi à l'école je sais que c'est aps de la gestion ce que vous faites car elle a des règles, comme tenir des documents que l'on peut consulter, déclerer, archiver et tout le monde peut avoir accès, vérification de présions et réalisations en cout et qualité, conformité, régulerité ou ncore, évaluer, rembourser, investir et ce canevas est mort car après 10 ans au moins pour des immeubles commerciaux où transitent beaucoup de monde, la rupture est immédiate et faire attention car dieu est le seul qui décide. faite un examen de resiistance de parpaings. Comme dit l'on ne prête pas à un pauvre avec intérêts (pour moi c'est pas bien parce que j'analyse cela à que par exemple il a faim et n'a pas assez de force pour travailler assez vite comme celui qui a mangé normalement pour vous rendre le dû + l'intérêt car il ne peut pas générer cet intérêt. il ne peut pas générer cet intérêt car il faut d'abord qu'il mange lorsque vous lui prêté 1 000, 500 et ensuite il investira 300 et se logera à 200. ceux qui n'ont pas bien mangé dans la vie sont ainsi. dans les pays pauvres il y a des riches et des pâuvres. Et le pauvre n'a rien. c'est à lui que l'on ne doit prêter avec intérêts. bonne journée. (lire le texte avec google traduction en voix: ( https://www.google.com/search?q=google+traduction&oq=google+tradu&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j69i64j0i271l3.6640j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 = )
      Compliance note: the law says to protect poor strains and so the only thing is to help them. And since help is like begging, laziness (leads to 3 great evils, boredom, vice and envy – the need to do something or to consume) and the working man is not a slave for his brothers because, we all have the same chances poor or rich and it is necessary to know the important propensities for your needs, in order to be comfortable and the cheapest is what helps you, in what consumes the rich. for example air conditioners from 10,000 to 25,000 FCFA, even help you for 1 year to have the expected level of a rich person who sleeps in air conditioner. so you don't have to spend on what you think is important to everyone but you. Europeans lend us with interest and our country is full of cities, the 36th and around the 56th most expensive in the world. in fact, we wonder if we are rich to have to pay interest, because the budget of 50,000 billion is convincing, if we look at the invoices of certain sellers, especially of household appliances, who seem to be investors or lenders and is this how they recover? Or is it a collection error? they have plenty. Beyond that, there are measures aimed at the recognition of researchers, according to which one can therefore sell to an African country coming from outside, as follows: juice in a can, $5 in the states and in Cameroon 1 $, then the imf or the world bank gratifies us with 4 $ for the production force to compensate in our countries but the advantage is in the American country, because you have your 1$ in Africa but 4$ are transferred to you in the states and just in the states. in the norm, your products must sell for $5 in Africa. the restriction should apply if you don't want or can't sell in Africa at $5. for an African, who has the same chance, if the product is at 0.2 $ in Africa, for example a chocolate, then if he wants to sell it in Europe for example at 0.4 $ then, if we accept that, in Europe, he will have the expected advantage and will be transferred just on European territory and in Africa its currency will be worth if it has 0.4 $, because we know the cuts on the 0.4 $, 0.2 $, if it moves with these cuts on the Cameroonian territory , so that the balance of power is maintained, because if we get rich in Europe, then we would come to overthrow. what you have to understand is that the price in force in a country is the same if you are outside. for example i am in brazil and i want cameroonian chocolate, it is worth 0.2$, so i import it at 0.2$. but surely a Cameroonian would like to export at a higher price, when it is worth $0.2. sell it at 0.4 $ when it is worth 0.2 $, the equilibrium price and approved, because the world price list must be made to agree. otherwise we will fall back into the pitfalls of deceit, as there are in international transactions. also, for what ezt price increases while some don't pay the taxes, we don't know what this is due to. I'm not in the books to find out what's going on. and since then we have not returned and it is means for. do not make some people pay taxes and raise prices or even give certain other advantages. without commenting I tell myself that the economy is the management of the house and we know who is wrong and if no one is worried why is everyone complaining? the truth must be said. Me at school I know that what you do is aps of management because it has rules, such as keeping documents that can be consulted, declared, archived and everyone can have access, verification of presions and achievements in cost and quality, conformity, regularity or ncore, evaluate, reimburse, invest and this canvas is dead because after 10 years at least for commercial buildings where a lot of people pass, the rupture is immediate and be careful because god is the only who decides. made a concrete block resistance test. As the saying goes, you don't lend to a poor person with interest (for me it's not good because I analyze this when, for example, he's hungry and doesn't have enough strength to work fast enough like someone who has ate normally to return your due + interest because he can't generate that interest he can't generate that interest because first he has to eat when you loan him 1000, 500 and then he will invest 300 and will lodge at 200. those who have not eaten well in life are like that. in poor countries there are rich and poor. And the poor have nothing. it is to him that one must only lend with interest. have a nice day. (read the text with google voice translation: ( https://www.google.com/search?q=google+traduction&oq=google+tradu&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j69i64j0i271l3.6640j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie =UTF-8 = )

    3. If you have children with the woman, what is matrimonial property? The man should pass them to the woman or the children way earlier under a living trust . Whatever we hold we keep in trust for others and when our time is up, those property should go to your children. It's no big deal.

    4. If doing house chores is work that needs to be reimbursed take me to Mars then because this planet is a joke.

      A man is the one who works, provides for the family. The woman raises the family. Simple. If your wife has to work then come in the evening complain that she's too tired to cook or clean, leave her then.
      This is earth is hard people 😂😂😂

    5. It is about time! Viva Kenyan women! Keep changing the old men made rules. Hope the rest of African women follows you foot steps!

    6. TO THOSE FEDERAL NEWSCASTERS [“BBC NEWS, AFRICA”], MANY THANKS TO THOSE “AFRICAN MOTHERS’ LANDMARK REQUEST,” AND TO Y’ALL, “RECENT LANDMARK RESIDENTS, MAY YOUR GRAND CREATOR BLESS ALL”!!

    7. the case is a landmark ruling but you focused the story on the wrong thing. washing dishes and doing housework isn't what makes her deserve the 50%
      It is the fact that the marriage property gained during their union was 50% her contribution!
      The man never had to worry about his children's and later on grandchildren's upbringing, whether grocery shopping and management of the home was in safe hands, supervise her in any and all the jobs she did..
      and if any man out here can tell me they don't run investment ideas past their wives and even get loans from their chamas from time to time to kickstart insane ideas leaving the woman to pay off loans that only brought loses… look in the mirror and remember what you saw your mom/ grandma untying the corner of her leso to give a hard earned 50 bob note to your dad/grandpa and say SHE does not deserve 50% of everything because she never went to a formal job a day in her life

    8. The West should also recognize the value of being a housewife. The West should stop degrading our mothers. They take care of the next generation. Our mothers are the future.

    9. I have a washing machine myself, saved and bought it at 20,000 shillings. When my girlfriends comes over and she wants to help with laundry, she enjoys it. If I marry her I will buy a dishwasher and problem solved. We can be happy after eating dinner because the chores are less for both of us. Make life easier for each other. It's not about a man or woman, who is doing more than the other. Marriage is about love, about commitment and supporting one another to make life as easier as possible. Washing machines and dishwashers do not make people lazy. They make life much easier and we can both concentrate with loving each other and our work instead of complaining about house chores. let us not demonize marriage because people do enjoy being with one another and marriage is a good thing for those who want it and have genuine reasons for being there. Let us not fight between men and women every time because we like it or not, we cannot survive without each other, humanity will be over in generation, we are equally important.

    10. Nowadays you have a choice to work or employ a house girl or manager, buy washing machines, vacuum cleaners, dish washers, which in the essence are not that expensive and anyone can operate them. Make life easier guys stop complaining.

    11. Watching this I was like:

      People who prioritize marrying a housewife (financial liability) and get kids (another liability)… How do they gain? 😂😂😂🤣🤣

      That's why I think, getting married and kids require you to first fail at maths😂. The reason I decided never to have kids and not marry, I questioned if there any benefits I saw nothing..

      Let those looking for liabilities suffocate further

    12. 50-50 sharing of marital property was annulled by the court of appeal. She should be thankful her case was decided before then.

    13. Men should stop having anything to do with lazy women

    14. I'm so happy that the non-financial or intangible efforts of women, to build a family and support their husband and kids, are recognised.

    15. Many of these rulings are applauded until the beneficiary is the man.. and please, we should see the ruling without gender lenses..

    16. Mother and Mama Africa is very and must be appreciated. Should her tasks and responsibilities should be legislated and legalized. Yes and no, unless we bite the fingers that feed us.
      There are those men that are disconnected socially and spiritually that don't know the importance and the significance of the essence rolls of these beautiful sweet mothers. Is the modern day African spirit caused ? The African men should cherish, respect honor and bestow on African mothers all they worth.

    17. Join the cases together.

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