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|Case Number:||Succession Cause 1025 of 2007|
|Parties:||In re Estate of George Kuria Macharia (Deceased)|
|Date Delivered:||23 May 2017|
|Court:||High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)|
|Judge(s):||Aggrey Otsyula Muchelule|
|Citation:||In re Estate of George Kuria Macharia (Deceased)  eKLR|
|Case Outcome:||Application allowed|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT NAIROBI
MILIMANI LAW COURTS
SUCCESSION CAUSE NO. 1025 OF 2007
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GEORGE KURIA MACHARIA - (DECEASED)
JOHN KIMANI THIONGO.........................................APPLICANT
NANCY NJERI THIONGO..............................1ST RESPONDENT
JAMES MACHARIA THIONGO.....................2ND RESPONDENT
1. The deceased Stephen Thiongo died intestate on 19th December 2005. A grant of letters of administration intestate was issued to the respondents Nancy Njeri Thiongo and James Macharia Thiongo on 18th July 2007. The deceased was survived by two houses and 10 children. On 18th September 2015 the applicant John Kimani Thiongo (one of the children of the deceased) filed this application dated 2nd September 2015 seeking to have the grant issued to the respondents revoked and/or annulled. The grounds were that the respondents had failed without reasonable cause to apply for the confirmation of the grant; they had failed to diligently administer the estate; had intermeddled with the estate; and had failed to produce to court such inventory or account as is required by law. In the affidavit sworn to support the application, the applicant stated that the respondents had failed to have the grant confirmed and the estate distributed, and were instead selling and wasting away part of the estate of the deceased. They annexed two agreements to show that the respondents were in the process of selling two properties belonging to the estate, and had received some payments.
2. The respondents opposed the application in their replying affidavit sworn on 31st March 2016. They stated that they had on 12th October 2010 and on 14th February 2012 filed application to confirm the grant and proposed a mode of distribution to which the application was opposed. They claimed that they had always wanted the estate distributed but that this had been frustrated by the numerous applications by the applicant, who had also intermeddled with properties of the estate. They further claimed that the applicant had disposed of, or attempted to dispose of, some of the properties of the estate. They alleged fraud against him.
3. It is clear to me that the estate of the deceased is crying for quick distribution so that each beneficiary can get what is due to him or her. A reading of the file shows there have been many incidents of disputes, reports to police, attacks, cases and applications among the beneficiaries over the estate of the deceased. In my view, the only way to bring all these to an end is to expedite the hearing of the pending application of confirmation to enable the estate to be distributed to the beneficiaries.
4. I agree with the applicant that it was the duty of the respondents to seek the confirmation of the grant six months after they became the administrators of the estate. They failed to act diligently in this regard. They filed the application for confirmation much later, and there was no explanation for the delay. Ordinarily, this would be enough ground under section 76(d) of the Law of Succession (Cap 160) to revoke the grant. However, revocation will only delay and complicate the disposal of this dispute.
5. There are allegations and counter allegations of intermeddling with the estate of the deceased, and the selling of the same. I would want these allegations to be substantiated during the hearing of the application for confirmation.
6. Consequently, I allow the application in the following terms. The application for the confirmation of the grant that was dated 30th July 2015 and filed on 7th July 2015 shall, on priority basis, be heard by Justice Onyiego. Within 14 days from today the applicant, and any beneficiary who so wishes, shall file his/her proposed mode of distribution. The application shall be heard by oral evidence. This matter shall be placed before Judge Onyiego on 30th May 2017 to give suitable date of hearing. Costs shall be in the Cause.
DATED and DELIVERED at NAIROBI this 23rd day of MAY, 2017
A. O. MUCHELULE