Nakuru Family Court Orders Equal Distribution of Wealth among 20 Nephews and Nieces of Late Billionaire

Nakuru News Today – In a landmark ruling, a family court in Nakuru has ordered that the estate of late businessman Kariu Nyange, be distributed equally among his 20 nephews and nieces. Nyange, a wealthy timber manufacturer who passed away on February 22, 2003, left behind a vast estate comprising several properties and businesses in Nakuru.

These include a multi-million-shilling sawmill in Njoro, hundreds of acres of land in Njoro town, Rare, Lanet, and Mau, prime plots in Nakuru city, Gilgil, and Njoro towns, shares in NIC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, East African Breweries Ltd, and the Kituo Service Station Company, as well as commercial buildings, including the Njoro House in Nakuru city.

Inheritance Row

Nyange died intestate, and four of his nephews, namely Norman Njuguna Nganga, John Wanyange Mwangi, Lucy Wangui Chege, and Grace Wanjiru Waweru, successfully applied for letters of administration in December 2016. However, trouble ensued during the confirmation of the grant stage when the four nephews disagreed on the mode of distribution of the estate.

One of Nyange’s nephews, John Wanyange Mwangi, who filed for the confirmation of the grant, argued that he was entitled to a larger portion of the estate as the son of the tycoon’s elder brother. He claimed that his mother Ruth Nduta, who was also deceased, had inherited her share of the estate as Nyange’s wife. Wanyange argued that he was entitled to inherit his mother’s share of the estate in addition to his own.

However, the three other administrators objected to Wanyange’s proposed distribution plan and insisted that the estate be distributed equally among the 20 nephews and nieces. The court also considered the claim of Samuel Ng’ang’a Ndirangu, who alleged that he was entitled to a portion of the estate as Nyange’s stepson and former farm manager.

Court’s Ruling

After considering all arguments, Justice Hillary Chemitei ruled that the estate be distributed equally among the 20 nephews and nieces. The court found that Ruth Nduta was not Nyange’s wife and that Wanyange was not the only beneficiary of the deceased’s estate. The court also found that Mr. Ng’ang’a was not entitled to a portion of the estate but was a farm manager of Nyange, which is why he agreed to receive his terminal dues of KSh 26,000 given by the administrators.

The court has given the administrators 30 days to identify the 20 beneficiaries and draw up a clear list of assets left by the tycoon. This ruling serves as a reminder to all Kenyans to ensure that they have a valid will in place to avoid disputes over their estates after their demise.

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