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Lobby Group supports amendment on Act seeking to punish deadbeat fathers

Photo – Courtesy of the Child Welfare Society of Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 3 – A Nairobi-based lobby group has announced its support for the proposed legislative amendments to the Children’s Act by Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, which wants deadbeat fathers complied to support their children.

Speaking at a media briefing, Children Maintenance Service National Coordinator Rhoda Wanjiru is also proposing for the introduction of a child’s support calculator, which would decide how much an absent parent would pay the present parent.

“The calculator should also be done through a multi-agency approach where parties such as Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the courts come together on deciding how much should be paid in child support,” Wanjiru said.

The group is also proposing the National Transport and Safety Authority to not renew driver’s licenses for affected driver.

Additionally, it wants Kenya Revenue Authority to not give tax compliance certificates to parties which do not obey court orders for child maintenance.

Kang’ata tabled a bill in the Senate containing a raft of proposals, among them baring deadbeat fathers from leaving the country for business and stopped from getting certificate of good conduct from the National Police Service.

Additionally, the proposed law wants the fathers listed with Credit Reference Bureau until they pay child support.

Two months ago, Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko launched a hotline in a bid to expose deadbeat politicians and prominent personalities.

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