The Court of Appeal on Wednesday, July 5 overturned a High Court decision, which had ordered Philip Moi, retired President Daniel Moi’s son, to pay his ex-wife, Rossana Pluda KSh90 million for upkeep and house allowance.
Court of appeal judges Hannah Okwengu, Daniel Musinga and Gatembu Kairu ruled that it was wrong to punish a man to pay for the maintenance of a woman when both are capable of working to earn a living.
According to the judges, Ms Pluda indicated that as a professional designer, she used to make KSh1.5 million a month but she, later, lost her businesses.
The judges ruled that the basis upon which the lower court ordered Philip Moi to purchase Ms Pluda a house or pay her Ksh60million was unclear, given the High Court had already ordered him to pay Ksh30 million maintenance.
The Court of Appeal has ordered Phillip Moi to, henceforth, give Ms Pluda KSh150, 000 as monthly upkeep.
Meanwhile, the Appellate judges Court directed the case be returned to the High court for fresh determination.
Ms Pluda and Mr Moi got married on March 1, 1993 and were divorced on March 10, 2015 on grounds of irreconcilable differences.