Mwai Kibaki’s Will is contested in court after he left out two of his purported children named “JNL and Jacob Ocholla.”
Kenya’s third President, the late Mwai Kibaki’s will is being contested in Court after details emerged he left out two of his alleged children.
Kibaki, who signed the will in December 2016, left his entire assets to his children and specifically disallowed any of their wives from receiving anything from it without disclosing the amount of his wealth.
He stipulated that each of his four children get an equal share of the estate, which would be run by a holding company.
The benefits cover all of his personal belongings as well as any assets, money in the bank, or specified assets.
“Following my death then any direct blood descendants of theirs (but not any spouse or life partner) shall receive their parent’s benefit if more than one in equal shares,” reads the will in part.
The four children are Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai, and Anthony Githinji.
Two potential contestants, JNL and Jacob Ocholla, responded to the estate’s August 2022 Gazette notice inviting anybody to contest the will.
Ocholla, 62, claims in court documents that he is the deceased former President’s firstborn child and is entitled to an equal share.
Kibaki, he claimed, had first accepted him as his biological child.
“That the Citor (Ocholla Mwai) has attempted to reach out to the Citees (Kibaki Children) multiple times but his efforts have not been successful.
“The Citor is afraid that the Citees might proceed with the succession process without involving him and he might be left out of the estate of the deceased despite him being entitled to the share of the estate,” a suit filed on his behalf reads.
Another individual code-named JNL also filed a suit claiming that she is Kibaki’s daughter sired in 1961 when the late Head of State cohabited with her mother in the UK.
“The applicant being a daughter and beneficiary in the estate is very apprehensive that she stands to have all her inheritance rights under the constitution infringed upon unless she is supplied with all the relevant pleadings and supporting documents,” she explained in court papers.
Kibaki passed away in April 2022 aged 90 years.