In Summary
  • The arrangement also directs that shelter and food will be provided by the mothers, while education will be provided by the fathers.

  • Both parents were also directed to cover medical expenses and clothing.

  • The county commissioner warned the couple that they risk being charged in court if they breach the agreement.

Two couples who swapped partners in Busia County a week ago have signed a joint parental responsibility agreement to protect the rights of five children under their care.

Ms Lilian Weta, 28, a mother of three, and Ms Immaculate Wekesa, 29, a mother of two, exchanged partners in a bold but rather unusual step over what they termed incessant quarrels that destabilised their marriages.

WEEKLY BASIS

Ms Weta was married to Mr Christopher Abwire, 34, while Ms Wekesa was the wife to 35-years-old Kevin Barasa.

The couples signed the documents Wednesday before a tribunal that had summoned them to address the matter led by County Commissioner Jacob Narengo, Busia County Director of Children’s Services Esther Wasige and Matayos Sub-county Children’s Officer Luke Papa.

“The government is keen on ensuring that the children’s rights are protected. This agreement will be reviewed on a need basis. The children’s services department will monitor the children on a weekly basis to ensure their rights are observed,” Mr Narengo said.

The county commissioner warned the couple that they risk being charged in court if they breach the agreement.

“Any of you who will be found abusing the rights of any of these children will be dealt with accordingly.

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