The son and daughter of the late politician, Nginyo Kariuki, have turned against each other and are fighting to control his Ksh4 billion estate.
Kariuki who passed away on February 24, 2020, left a will to his widow, Margaret Wangari, the mother of James Kariuki and Jane Wambui.
This family had presented a united fight against two other women who wanted to lay claim to Kariuki’s property.
Later on, James, the eldest son, moved to court seeking to be allowed to run the estate. He claimed that his mother and other siblings transferred over Ksh71 million to their accounts without his consent.
Trader Nginyo Kariuki (left) with ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi at the former’s Rironi home in Kiambu, in 2019
James further demanded that all the amount accrued from their rental homes be saved at the father’s account as they were part of his wealth set to be split among them.
Wambui, according to a report by the Business Daily, thus filed a suit in court countering his brother who she accused of attempting to take control of the late TNA founder’s bank accounts, rents, homes, parcels of land, a company, high-end cars and multi-million government bonds.
“Since February 2008, the applicant (James) was removed as a signatory to all company accounts by the deceased as noted in the bank mandate letter.
“And there is no property registered in the name of Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki where rent is not being paid,” Wambui said, adding that all the properties are well maintained and there is no risk of disrepair or wastage as alleged by James.
She further asked the court to direct his brother to account for the houses he stays in and several business deals he undertook with his father.
Wambui claimed that the politician loaned James Ksh21 million before passing away.
However, the eldest brother argued that the amount was legally accrued after being paid for working at his father’s businesses for 25 years.
He added that his father also gave him some property during his (son’s) wedding. The judge announced that he will set a date for a hearing of the inheritance row.
Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi with veteran politician Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki at his residence in Limuru, Kiambu County on May 21, 2019
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