Widows appeal for government support
03 September 2014, 17:19
Nairobi - Widows in the country have asked government to set up a special fund to help them to start income generating projects.
Bertha Nyambura Mwangi, who is the national chairperson of Solace Widows Foundation, has said widows face many financial challenges especially when seeking to inherit their late husbands' property.
Speaking in Nyeri during a sensitisation forum to educate the widows on their rights, Nyambura said it was regrettable that most widows lead a miserable life despite their husbands having left behind property that they could inherit.
Most widows, Nyambura said, are not able to follow the right channels of succession.
“Many widows have lost land and other properties left behind by their husbands since they are not in a position to inherit the property. That’s why we need a fund to assist in such matters,” Nyambura said, adding that raising children singlehandedly and discrimination were some of the challenges they face.
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She further noted that the requested fund once set up would assist widows to lead a better life and also cater for their legal fees when following up succession cases.
A Nyeri based lawyer, Rosemary Nderitu, said that majority of widows were not aware of the process involved in filing a succession case in court and was the reason why they end up losing property.
She advised the widows to seek assistance from organisations such as Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and Kituo cha Sheria.
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