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Child support In Kenya and what different cultures dictate

Since time in memorial it has been the responsibility of the man to take care of his kids regardless of whether divorced or not.

But that is slowly changing due to cultural erosion and westernization. We take a look at what different cultures say about child support.


The Luhya culture strongly dictates that the child belongs to the father and that a woman should not go away with the kids if the parents part or officially divorce.

But that does not give men the go ahead to be irresponsible in situations where a woman becomes adamant and carries the kids with her.

If the above happens the man is still expected to cater for his kid/kids, if the kids are left behind and the man is not capable of taking care of them the man’s extended family is welcome to chip in.


Kikuyus are not so strict like the Luhyas when it comes to child support given most Kikuyu women do not hang around when a relationship is not working out.

Kikuyu women are generally left with the child in traditional custom. Like every other community Kikuyu men are expected to completely take responsibility over their kids.

This is regardless of whether the woman is remarried or not but most men do not bother to once they part with their wifes.

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Commonly referred to as the Kale community, Kalenjins are more serious when it comes to implementing their cultural practices.

Just like the Luhyas, Kalenjins do not appreciate it when a woman goes away with the kids after a relationship fails.

The Kalenjin culture strongly dictates that a child belongs to the man’s side thus it is the responsibility of the man to take care of them.


In the Luo culture,it is the responsibility of the man to take care of the kids divorced or not.


According to the Muslim culture it is the sole responsibility of men to take care of their kids

 “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards. The ruler is a guardian and the man is a guardian of his family; the lady is a guardian and is responsible for her husband’s house and his offspring; and so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards.”

— Sahih al-Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 62, Number 128

The culture  puts the main responsibility of earning over the husband.


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