Eldoret Judge Throws out Sh1b Will Tabled by Second Wife

Eldoret High Court Judge Hellen Omondi said that a will supposedly left by a wealthy Uasin Gishu farmer was suspicious. Omondi said that she was doubtful about the way the will was drawn up and threw it out as fake.

Eldoret High Court

Farmer Gidion Sawe Kipkessio died at the age of 80, leaving behind a large estate including 200 acres in Eldoret. Sawe also left behind two wives and 15 children.

5 children belonged to the first wife and the 10 belonged to his second wife.

Judge Omondi dished out 12.5 acres to each son and 6.5 acres to each daughter.

Some of the red flags included a suspicious looking thumbprint on the land transfer papers and some allegations of adultery. The will was supposedly made when the farmer was old and frail. The land transfer documents had both a signature and a thumbprint. The lawyer who drew up the will was also blind.

She could not prove that the document was signed by the deceased.

The will was a secret for several years – only the second wife knew about it. The first wife and her 5 children found out when it was tabled before a DO. They presented an affidavit that failed to mention the existence of the first wife, Tele Bote Kiboliny.

Two sons of wife number two wanted to be the administrators of the deceased estate.

The children shared 37 acres in Nandi, 149 acres in Uasin Gishu, and 50 cows.

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