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Widow, sons fight over Sh1.5b estate

By Pamela Chepkemei | June 17th 2013
Klub House is one of the Kahama properties under dispute. [Photo: Kibera Mbugua/Standard]

By Pamela Chepkemei

Nairobi, Kenya: A widow of a late businessman James Mwangi Kirung’o alias Kahama is in collision his three sons over the inheritance of Sh1.5 billion estate.

The tussle over the management of the vast estate between Eunice Njeri Mwangi and the sons ended up in courts. On one side of the legal battle is Mrs Mwangi with her four daughters while on the other hand are the sons.

Mr Mwangi died on March 20, 1998 after a long illness.

The main holding company of Mwangi, Parklands Shade Hotel Ltd, oversees property worth approximately Sh1 billion.

The sons are accusing their mother of locking them out of the family office at Parklands in Nairobi.

At the centre of the legal tussle is the once famous club Klub 1 House in Parklands whose current value of the leasehold land and developments on the land is more than Sh300 million.

Other properties are the Kahama Hotels in Nairobi and Mombasa each valued at Sh200 million.

The family owns a residential house next to K1 in Parklands valued at over Sh40 million and an apartment in Kilimani area whose current value is more than Sh20 million.

The Small World Country Club off Mombasa Road whose current value of the leasehold land and hotel developments on the land is more than Sh200 million is also owned by the Kahamas. Behind the club is a farm of 100 acres valued at Sh300 million.

Kahama Properties Agencies Ltd owns several plots including two in Embakasi next to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and two others in Nyahururu.

Court ruling

The mother and the daughters moved to court in 2011 accusing her sons of transferring assets of the late Kahama’s estate illegally.

She claims the three have continuously harassed her and threatened to evict her from her matrimonial home in Nairobi.

She wants the court to restrain the sons and their agents from interfering with her possession and quiet enjoyment of the property, which is her matrimonial home.

Lady Justice Rose Ougo will on July 30, 2013 decide whether to allow the application by the three sons of Kahama.

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