A young person of 20-years who was named, raised and made to believe that he was a woman by his parents now wants the High Court in Nairobi to determine his sex. The petition that is before High Court judge Justice David Majanja was filed by one Dorcas Wangui Kariuki who wants the court to issue an order to change his name to identify him as a man as he has so far grown features associated to males.
Kariuki was born in 1993 and his parents, together with the midwife, believed that he was a girl. In 2009, he sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and was issued a certificate in the name of Dorcas Wangui. He joined secondary School still identifying himself as a girl but in 2011, he started manifesting male characteristics such as breaking his voice and growing a beard.
The petitioner told the court that he then started being uncomfortable as people who treated him as a girl ridiculed him. He dropped out of school and took a medical a test to confirm his sex. The doctor found out that he was indeed a man. Kariuki told the court that he underwent corrective surgery, has accepted his condition and wants to be called John Karanja Kariuki to reflect to his sex.
However, the AG is opposed to this application sighting that the role of naming a child and notification of the same to the Registrar lies entirely with the parents of the child.