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Mother and son in Sh200m case asked to take DNA tests

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By Daniel Chege | November 15th 2021
Norah Atieno (right) with her lawyer Steve Biko during the hearing of a succession case for properties of former director Evans Sunrise Hospital Washington Olweny at Nakuru Law court on March 22, 2021.[Kipsang Joseph,Standard]

A court has ordered a mother and her son to undergo DNA tests within seven days to ascertain their claim to a Sh200 million estate left behind by Nakuru businessman Washington Olweny.

Justice Teresia Matheka ordered Norah Atieno and John Odhiambo to appear before the Government Chemist in Nairobi to give samples.

The judge made the ruling yesterday after lawyer Wilfred Lusi, who is representing Phelisia Akoth, Olweny's widow, claimed that Atieno had refused to undergo the DNA test.

“The objector should be ordered to comply with the orders of the court and appear for DNA testing,” said Lusi.

Akoth, who is the late Olweny’s first wife, had claimed in court that Atieno and Odhiambo were not mother and son. According to Akoth, Atieno failed to give crucial details on Odhiambo, including the date and month of his birth, raising doubt over their relationship.

Akoth is seeking to block Atieno and another claimant, Ann Wanjiru, from getting a share of Olweny’s property.

She claimed that the two were not married to her husband, a surveyor who died in 2016.

Olweny's estate includes a hospital, several commercial and residential buildings, and hundreds of acres in Kisumu, Nairobi and Nakuru.   

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