Lawyers rule out forgery claims in Sh500 million Karen land case
SEE ALSO :Lawyers urged to guide on law reviewShe also gave details of the standard practice at her former law firm when a file was opened for a client that the reference number, which also appeared on the POA, had her initials. Nafysa Adam who is currently a senior Associate at Hamilton Harrison and Mathews Advocates told the court that she met Roger in 2010 and witnessed him signing the POA granting powers to Guy Elms. “My practice is to only witness a person’s signature if they actually sign in front of me,” she informed the court. A third witness, Brigitte Kosgey, previously an administration officer at the Old Mutual and a friend of Rogers narrated to the court circumstances that led to the POA’s preparation. She told the court that Roger’s caretaker approached Old Mutual seeking payment to Roger of a policy that had reached its maturity stage.
SEE ALSO :Lawyers contest evictionsRoger also confirmed to her that he had appointed Guy Elms as his executor of his will that he had signed in 1997 and also issued him with a power of attorney. He had confirmed that Guy Elms held all his papers. She confirmed that the Old Mutual made payment to Roger “Roger said that he wanted his house to be converted to church and the other land to be converted to a recreation center and a children’s home because he loved to be remembered as Wangari Maathai,” said kosgei. She added that Rogers at that time he was ailing and old and he could even walk with support. Despite this, Agnes Kagure, a powerful business woman is seeking ownership of the property with claims that she purchased it from mr. Roger Robson in 2011 for Sh100 million in cash before he died.
SEE ALSO :Case on 15 Mau shut schools adjournedKagure accused Guy Elms of forging his client’s will and POA in his efforts to transfer the property to himself. A criminal case in which Guy Elms was being accused of fraud on the same documents was however withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP) in March this year due to lack of evidence.
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