Justice Martha Koome: Wealth Gained Before Marriage Shouldn`t Be Shared Equally Between Spouses
Justice Martha Koome has stated that a spouse is not entitled to property that the other party had before the two got married.
Justice Koome spoke during an interview by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), in which she is seeking to become the next Chief Justice following the retirement of Justice David Maraga.
“If I got married today and I have some property, my spouse is not entitled to it. And if I got married and my husband has some property, I am not entitled to it because that is his property,” she said. Justice Koome spoke during an interview by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), in which she is seeking to become the next Chief Justice following the retirement of Justice David Maraga.
Justice Koome believes that the only time spouses are equally entitled to property or wealth is if they have gotten the wealth during marriage stating that when you stay together and develop this property then either party in the marriage acquires occupational right.
On the topic of Gender sensitivity in the Judiciary, Koome stated that the challenges that they face in the judiciary are completely gender-neutral and are the same challenges that a male judge or a male judiciary officer will face adding that leadership does not require a man or a woman.
Justice Koome will be battling for the position of Chief Justice against Justice Chitembwe, Fred Ngatia, Philip Murgor, Prof Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Justice Marete Njagi, Justice Nduma Nderi, Justice William Ouko, Dr. Wekesa Moni, and Alice Yano.