It's not necessary to exhume Kibaki

In Summary

• DNA testing can reveal brothers and sisters as well as father and child

• The courts should respect the official will unless they strongly feel that the dead person has not properly catered for his or her dependants

DNA testing is revolutionary. We can test old bones to discover their origin. We can solve old murder cases. And we can determine who is related to who.

Right now, the High Court is hearing a case where two people are claiming to be children of the late President Kibaki and therefore entitled to a share of his estate. 

In his 2016 will, President Kibaki left everything to his official four children. That was his wish but the court can intervene if it feels that Kibaki did not properly provide for his dependants. Nevertheless, the presumption in court should be to respect the wishes of the person who made the will (otherwise what point is there in making a will?).

So the first question is whether the court should overturn Kibaki's will.

The second question is whether the two plaintiffs are children of Kibaki, or not. For that there is no need to exhume Kibaki. If the plaintiffs are half-brothers or half-sisters of the four official children, then their father is indeed Kibaki. If they are not related to any of the official children, then their father is not Kibaki. Kwisha. The DNA will have spoken.

Quote of the day: "Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens."

 William Beveridge
The English economist was born on March 5, 1879

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