Friday, June 14, 2013
Two contested wills of Kenyan business tycoon Gerishon Kirima have recently been deemed invalid. The disputed wills have caused family strife between Kirima’s third wife and her stepchildren. One will drafted in Nairobi favored his third wife, but was found to be executed under undue influence and lacking the requirements of attestation. The other will drafted in London favored his children, but Kirima was found to lack mental capacity.
Because Kirima has no valid will, the Sh700 million estate will be distributed under intestacy laws. However, the judge “found that the Kirima Trust, which controls the majority of his vast estate, was a genuine document, and urged the family to use it to secure the estate.”
See Paul Ogemba, Judge Throws Out Both Kirima Wills, Daily Nation, June 6, 2013.