Jonathan Moi’s widow, two other women fight for his estate

By Sheila Mutua On Tue, 19 Nov, 2019 11:38 | 2 mins read
Faith Milka Nyambura Mburu
Ms Faith Milka Nyambura, who is fighting to be granted letters of administration of the late Jonathan Moi’s estate. Nyambura told the court she was his third wife. PHOTO | SHEILA MUTUA | K24 DIGITAL
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    • Faith Nyambura told the court that Jonathan used to give her a monthly upkeep of Sh1,000,000.
    • Beatrice Kipkemboi Moi, who claims to be wife number two, asked the court to grant her an extension to file an application objecting to the grant of letters of administration to Sylvia.
    • The petition for grant of letters administration of Jonathan’s estate was filed by Sylvia and her son on September 13, 2019.

Jonathan Moi’s widow and two other women are locked in a legal dispute over administration of his estate.

In an application filed at the Milimani Law Courts, Faith Milka Nyambura and Beatrice Kipkemboi have objected to an application for grant of letters of administration of Jonathan’s estate to his first wife, Sylvia J and her son.

The two women claimed they were also married to the former President Daniel Moi’s son.

Nyambura, who claims to be the third wife, said she married Jonathan in 2008 in accordance with Kikuyu customary law, a marriage blessed with three children.

In her application, Nyambura claimed that Jonathan’s first wife has excluded her and her three children from administration of the estate.

The petition for grant of letters administration of Jonathan’s estate was filed by Sylvia and her son on September 13, 2019.

Nyambura told the court that her three children have been kicked out of school over Sh631,000 fee arrears at the Greensteds International School.

Through court documents, Nyambura claimed that Sylvia and her son have sidelined them and now she cannot afford basic upkeep for the minors.

She told the court that Jonathan used to give her a monthly upkeep of Sh1,000,000.

“My advocate John Mburu has advised me that I have right of share of the deceased property” said Ms Nyambura.

She accused Jonathan’s first wife and her son of illegally transferring assets to themselves without her knowledge and consent.

She wants the court to appoint the three joint administrators of Jonathan’s estate.

On the other hand, Beatrice Kipkemboi Moi, who claims to be wife number two, asked the court to grant her an extension to file an application objecting to the grant of letters of administration to Sylvia.

Beatrice told the court that she married Jonathan through Kamba customary law in 1998, a union blessed with two children.

In her court documents, Beatrace said Jonathan married her when she already had two children from a previous marriage and since he accepted them as his own, they have a total of four children.

She claimed that after Jonathan’s burial, the three women met and agreed to apply for letters of administration of the estate.

But to her surprise, Beatrice claimed that Sylvia went behind their backs and filed for the grant of letters contrary to their agreement.

She told the court that the 30-day notice to submit her response had lapsed hence her application seeking an extension.

Beatrice told the court that Jonathan provided for her and their children before his death and the first wife was aware she was the second spouse.

She claimed that Sylvia and her son obtained a letter from a local chief indicating that Jonathan had only one wife.

High Court Judge Aggrey Muchelule granted the parties seven days to reach an out-of-court settlement over Jonathan’s estate.

The mention of the case will be held on November 26, 2019.

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