NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 – The High Court on Thursday morning invalidated two wills allegedly authored by property magnate the late Gerishon Kirima, and ordered the wrangling family to appoint two administrators within seven days.
Justice Isaac Lenaola in his ruling said that the court could not make a distinction between the two wills presented in court – one by his daughter and another by his widow.
According to Justice Lenaola, the court could not verify which one was written by Kirima and how he did it in his ill health.
Anne Kirima the daughter presented a will that was allegedly authored in London by her late father as he was undergoing treatment while widow Teresia Wairimu produced another allegedly authored in Kenya.
Lenaola said that the court will appoint an administrator in the event that the family fails to comply with the order.
Kirima, a wealthy businessman died in 2010 in a South African hospital after having spent a week in a coma.
An autopsy report released a month later showed that the late real estate tycoon died of pneumonia and chronic renal disease.
Wairimu who is Kirima’s third wife and children started feuding over the property estimated to be worth more than Sh2 billion even before his death.
During Kirima’s burial retired President Mwai Kibaki urged the family to reconcile.