Pastor’s heirs fight over property (Kenya)

Six sons and daughters of a wealthy city pastor are fighting over her Sh200 million estate.

The succession dispute pits three daughters of Pastor Monicah Wairimu Mbuthia of the Peniel Grace Care Centre near Saika estate in Eastlands, Nairobi, against their three brothers. The pastor died in January.

The women are seeking orders to bar their brothers from being appointed administrators of the estate.

They claim their mother named all six of them heirs to her estate, which comprises houses, motor vehicles, large parcels of land in Machakos District and Nairobi and also the house of worship.

They accuse their brothers of secretly applying for letters of administration for the estate of Pastor Mbuthia.

Through lawyer Titus Koceyo, Ms Mary Nyaruai, Ms Lucy Wangari Njuguna and Ms Grace Wanja are asking the High Court to restrain Mr David Muriithi, Mr Antony Mwangi and Mr Daniel Kamau from running the estate.

“The respondents have illegally and unlawfully begun the process of disposing of the estate of the deceased. They have advertised for sale their mother’s house in Runda estate valued at Sh65 million,” Mr Koceyo says in the suit papers.

They are also accused of secretly withdrawing money from their mother’s account.

In the case filed under a certificate of urgency, the women say their mother was a businesswoman and a pastor.

They say that their brothers’ decision to exclude other beneficiaries of the estate was in bad faith.

The women list houses in Doonholm, Jacaranda, Saika, Utawala and Athi River among the properties they claim their brothers are planning to sell.

They also claim the respondents are planning to sell 13 vehicles unless the court intervenes to protect their equal right to the estate.

“We urge the court to restrain the respondents or the agents from interfering with the identified properties,” they say.

They further claim that the respondents have concealed from the court important information that would help the court determine the administrator of the estate.

The case has been listed for hearing on November 11 in the Family Court.


Pastor’s heirs fight over property
Benson Matheka
November 2, 2011
Daily Nation