, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – The late Njenga Karume’s daughter, Jane, has denied sending a threatening text message to her uncle George Ngugi with whom she’s embroiled in a legal dispute.
Jane who was summoned to the Lang’ata Police Station to record a statement over the alleged threat told Capital FM News that the text message her uncle is referring to was meant to be ironic and in no way threatened his life but took issue with a newspaper article on the distribution of her late father’s wealth published by The Sunday Standard.
The text message she claims she sent and which she forwarded to Capital FM News reads:
“Brilliant article. Thank you. We couldn’t have done it better. You’ve told the world what Kamau did. If you were clever you’d let him go down alone.”
Kamau referring to James Kamau, the lawyer whose firm drew up Karume’s last will and testament which Jane, her sister Lucy and a section of their brothers, are contesting in court.
“This is just a ploy meant to frustrate our efforts to get rid of those charged with managing the Njenga Karume Trust of which Uncle George is Chairman. We have no problem with the trust. Our problem is with those mismanaging it,” Jane told Capital FM News.
She also described as embarrassing her uncle’s involvement of the police. “The police were laughing at us asking why these Kikuyus can’t handle their own affairs. I was surprised when they called me because he had responded to my message.”
According to the correspondence Jane forwarded to Capital FM News, her uncle responded, “These guys do a pretty good job won’t you say? Okay. A few mistakes on what owned n who got what. But generally accurate. Just read the article again. When do you think IKM/Kamau will go down?”
Jane who believes her uncle was the anonymous source cited in the article was defended by her sister Lucy who accompanied her to record her statement with the police on Wednesday.
“When my brother heard that uncle George has accused Jane of sending him death threats, he was shocked because she’s born again. He even jokingly asked whether she threatened his life in prayer,” she told Capital FM News.
Apart from Lucy, Jane was accompanied by Peter Wena of Miller and Company Advocates to record her statement and who said they are now awaiting word from the police on what will become of the matter.