One of the widows of former Nakuru North MP Dickson Kihika Kimani has lost a bid to have her remain as a joint administrator in a KSh600 million estate.
High Court judge Rachael Ng’etich ruled that Kihika’s first wife Margaret Wambui, 90, should be replaced with her last-born daughter Florence Nduta.
Wambui had, instead, wanted her third-born daughter Erishifa Wanjiru to be one of the joint administrators.
In October 13, 2009, the Nakuru Law Court named as the four widows of the late lawmaker as co-administrators of the KSh600 million estate he left behind. The four are Margaret Wambui Kihika, Alice Mukuhi Kihika, Miriam Warau Kihika, and Mary Wangari Kihika.
In 2018, three children Florence Nduta (Wambui’s), Anthony Kihika (Mukuhi’s), and Judy Muthoni (Wangari’s) sought to replace their mothers as co-administrators.
The children argued that their mothers were old, sickly and mismanaging their father’s estate. Justice Anthony Ndung’u dismissed their application pn January 24, 2019.
The children were not satisfied and filed an appeal dated April 17, 2019, which is still pending in the Court of Appeal.
In November 1, 2019, Margaret Wambui Kihika, who had been married to Kihika for 50 years until his death on November 19, 2004, aged 78, stepped down as a co-administrator.
She chose Erishifa Wanjiru to take over her place, but Nduta, 51, and her step-mother Mukuhi opposed the move.
The duo argued that not all beneficiaries had consented to the change.
“Only seven out of 47 beneficiaries have deliberated and consented to replace the respondent’s (Nduta) mother with one of her daughters,” read the reply.
Erishifa had been residing in the USA since 1997, and only visited Kenya occasionally. Owing to this lifestyle and distance between Kenya and USA, Nduta argued that her sister is not suited to be an administrator.