Chairman of the Executive Council of LAWA Ghana (Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa), Sheila Minkah-Premo has given some update in the new Intestate Succession Bill in regards to the ‘baby Mamas’, side chicks and concubines.
Madam Sheila Minkah-Premo has revealed that, in the new Intestate Succession Bill, and the Property Rights of Spouses Bill; that regulate inheritances in the country, concubines; now known as Baby Mamas and side chicks, are not considered when it comes to benefiting from the property of a male lover; in case he dies intestate (without a will), because according to her, these concubines and side chicks are not considered as spouses.
Speaking on JoyNews on September 19, Madam Minkah-Premo explained that, “The big question of whether the mothers of children who were not married to the fathers can benefit, unfortunately, in this current draft, no provision is made for it…these two laws based on Article 22 have gone side by side. The Intestate Succession Bill and the Property Rights of Spouses Bill”.
She added that, “In an earlier version of the Property Rights of Spouses Bill, an attempt was made to make provision for cohabitees who have lived for five years, but that was strongly objected to. So the last draft of the Property Rights of Spouses Bill that has been totally taken off. The idea is that, they said, if you look at Article 22, it talks about spouses, it doesn’t talk about anything else”.
Madam Minkah-Premo further stressed that, ‘Baby mamas’ are not catered for in the laws, their children with the deceased are qualified to inherit the deceased’s properties, and adding that children in this case, means children; “whether born within or outside a marriage. So the children will benefit” but not their mothers.
Speaking to the program host Samson Lardy Anyenini, Madam Minkah-Premo again stressed that, “As to the labels you want to give to the person… It is just fate. I don’t think the person came in with a plan to finish the spouse. Unless it is the person’s plan and you can prove some murder or manslaughter, that’s another thing”.
According to her, it doesn’t matter how short the women has been married to the deceased, as long as she can prove that she is the spouse, she is qualified to inherit the distribution of the decease’s property.
Talking about the period of marriage, she explained that, “About a man who has been married a long time to his wife, and she dies or divorces him, and he gets married to someone for three months and he dies – too bad, under the law, that person is your new spouse and would inherit the property”.
Baby Mamas and side chicks cannot inherit, or take part in the inheritance of their dead lovers; even if they have kids with them. Do you think that is fair?
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