1.The Originating Summons before me is dated August 16, 2022. The applicants pray for the following:
2.The Application is supported by the statement and affidavit of the applicants. The matter was canvassed by way of viva voce evidence in open court.
3.The applicants are a married couple. They celebrated their marriage on June 2, 2021. Annexed to the Summons is a Certified Copy of Marriage Serial No. 029885. The applicant HAM came into the marriage with three children, one of them, MTP who is the subject of this Application. HAM is a Kenyan citizen as evidenced by the copy of her passport. KM is a British National. The Applicants are gainfully employed. KM is a Security Consultant employed by Allander Security Limited while HAM is a businesswoman. They have annexed to the Summons KM’s Bank Statements and HAM’s Mpesa Statements. The financial statements are evidence that they are financially stable with sufficient income to provide for the minor.
4.The Applicants have also proven that they have no previous convictions. KM has annexed a copy of a Certificate of Basic Disclosure from the United Kingdom, while HAM has annexed a copy of her Clearance Certificate issued by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
5.On record are Reports from the guardian ad litem, the Department of Children’s Service and from the Adoption Society. From the reports, it is stated that the whereabouts of the biological father is unknown. The applicant HAM, was in a short-lived relationship with him that did not culminate into a marriage and once the minor was born, the biological father fled and has never exercised his parental responsibility to the minor. The applicant HAM has therefore, raised the minor singlehandedly.
6.Since the biological father abandoned the minor and has not played any role in the minor’s life, I hereby waive the requirement for the fathers consent in line with section 187 (1)(a) of the Children’s Act, 2022.
7.The minor was born on June 4, 2009. From the Reports on record, it is stated that the minor has interacted with applicant KM, she knows him as her mother’s husband and therefore she fully consents to the adoption. The Adoption Agency, Change Trust Adoption Society, declared the minor free for adoption on February 11, 2022 under a Certificate of freeing serial number 00445. All the Reports on record were positive and did not have any reservation on the adoption.
8.In deciding upon matters involving children, the courts are obliged to give priority to the best interest of the said child. See section 8(1) of the Children’s Act. Since this is a kinship adoption that is provided under Section 193 of the Children’s Act, the minor will remain within the same family unit and will further retain contact with her biological mother and her relatives.
9.The upshot is that this adoption will serve the best interest of the minor and I accordingly allow the originating summons dated August 16, 2022 and make the following orders:-
a.That the Applicants KM and HAM are authorized to adopt the child known as MTP.b.That the Registrar General is directed to make the relevant entry in the Adopted Children’s Register.c.That NSM be appointed as the legal guardian for the child.d.The guardian ad litem is hereby discharged.It is so ordered.