The fight for the late Kiambu Politician and businessman Nginyo Kariuki's Ksh4 billion estate took another turn after a second family emerged seeking to be recognised in the distribution of assets.
Kariuki, who was the founder and chairman of the TNA party died on February 24, 2020, leaving a vast estate behind.
In court documents, Margaret Wanjiru sought to block the application by Kariuki’s first wife Margaret Wangari Nginyo, and four of her children to run the estate as trustees and executors.ODM leader Raila Odinga (right) with the late-businessman Nginyo Kariuki (right) and other leaders in 2019.
Wanjiru in an affidavit claimed that she had borne twins with the deceased in 1986, but who were excluded from a 2014 will.
She further stated that she had been married to the businessman since 1984.
To support her marriage claims, Wanjiru filed financial records, foreign travel accounts and photographs over a period of 35 years.
She challenged the will stating that their exclusion was unjustified.
“That the proposed executors cannot be entrusted alone to faithfully administer according to law the estate of the deceased and render a true and just account of such estate,” read a part of her affidavit.
Wanjiru's appearance comes after it was discovered that the politician had three other children out of wedlock in addition to his first wife with six children.
Brenda Nyambura Kiragu, one of the children out of wedlock told the Nairobi High Court’s Family Division that her stepmother and her children were appropriating the deceased’s estate illegally.
She sought to have the will that excluded the other children nullified stating that it was either a forgery or the author did not have free will at the time of its creation.
Following the application, Justice George Dulu ordered the freezing of the businessman's accounts.
"That pending hearing of the application restraining orders are hereby issued against the respondents, their agents, servants or employees against inter-meddling and/or interfering with the deceased’s estate,” read the order in part.The late Businessman Nginyo Kariuki.
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