Millie Odhiambo’s message to “sponsors”

Just a day after the High Court’s “dead beat dads ruling” that cleared the way for mothers to include fathers’ names on birth records – regardless of marital status and without consent – Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo dished out some advice to “sponsors”.

Addressing these men who reward young women with money and lavish lifestyles in exchange of sexual favours, the outspoken MP urged them to consider the consequences of their actions under the new law.

“I would encourage all sponsors to know the consequences and be very careful before they go out on sponsorship missions,” Ms Odhiambo warned.

She noted that the constitution provides protection for all children, therefore “sponsors” should be prepared to pay the price should they sire children with their “sponsees”.

She made the remarks after Justice Mumbi Ngugi declared Section 12 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act unconstitutional on Thursday.

She said that every child has a right to have the name of his or her father on the birth certificate.

“Every child is entitled to a name. Even though we live in patriarchal society, it is proper to keep birth records and avoid justifying the limit of discrimination in a child’s life,” Justice Ngugi said.

Justice Ngugi ordered the Registrar of Births and Deaths to ensure that the entry of names is done in the next 45 days.

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