Kirima family row persists

August 22, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – A section of the family of the former Assistant Minister Gerishon Kirima are now opting for reconciliation with their step mother, to end weeks of a tussle over the family’s Sh750 million  property.

Maria, the first-born daughter of Kirima’s first wife told reporters on Sunday that: “We now want to sit down for reconciliation with the rest of the family members. We want to sit down and talk as a responsible and organised family.”

This was after they forcefully gained access to their father’s property – K & S Mansion – a five-storey building near the Jeevanjee Gardens in Nairobi which was under the management of their step mother Teresia.

She was accompanied by her other two sisters and a brother who accused Mrs Teresia of mismanaging the property of “our father.”

Soon after, a group of about 20 suspected hirelings arrived at the property and attempted to force their way in to eject a section of the family members who had already taken charge.

They chased away guards and attempted to break the door before they were restrained by two Administration Police officers who were present.

Later, a truck load of heavily armed Administration Police officers arrived and ordered them to stop the violence.

It is then that Ms Maria emerged to address journalists who had been camping outside watching the unfolding drama since morning.

“This property belongs to my father, we are tired of these wrangles now and we need to sit and talk as a family, we are reaching out to our step mother, sisters and brothers to come so that we can resolve this issue amicably,” she said.

Ms Maria said their efforts to meet their step mother for talks on Saturday were not successful after she allegedly claimed that she was busy.

“We wanted them to come and we talk, we want to talk peace but they said they are attending a wedding. They should know that from our side, we are ready for talks,” she said.

There was a standoff at the building after Alice, the daughter of Kirima’s third wife arrived and too addressed journalists, vowing not to enter into any kind of reconciliation talks with step sisters and brothers “unless they behave.”

“We can not talk peace if there is war, they are not genuine, they only talk peace but they do not demonstrate the same,” she said.

“They should know that we are also ready for reconciliation talks only when they stop attacking my mother,” she added.

When reached for comment, her mother Mrs Teresia told Capital News that her step daughters were not justified in forcing their way into the building.

“They are not justified at all. What they are doing is not right, we are peaceful people we don’t know why they keep provoking us,” she said.

Drama pitting the Kirima family started last month when his daughters from the first wife stormed his home in Kitisuru and demanded that he be taken to hospital.

After two weeks of unsuccessful attempts, they engaged top government officials and a cabinet minister who helped get Kirima taken to the Nairobi Hospital.

Once at the hospital, members of Kirima’s first wife sealed all the entries to the hospital to block Kirima’s third wife Teresia, son and daughters from visiting him.

A few days later, Mrs Teresia moved to court where she sought orders to visit her husband but by the time she went to serve the hospital, Kirima had already been flown out to the United Kingdom for treatment.


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