1.This matter relates to the estate of Fredrick Nkanata Kagwura (deceased) who died intestate on 2/22/2008. A grant of letters of administration intestate was issued to Ester Fredrick Nkanata on 22/4/2014. The grant was later confirmed and issued on 11/10/2017. The estate of the deceased was distributed to his beneficiaries as per the said certificate of confirmation of grant.By the summons for revocation of grant dated 22nd December, 2022, the Applicant/Interested Party herein seeks for orders that:
a.Spent.b.THAT this Honourable Court be pleased to grant leave for the firm of M/S WAKLAW Advocates to come on record for the Applicant/Interested Party in the instant succession cause.c.THAT due to the demise of the administratrix in the instant succession cause, this honourable court be pleased to revoke the Grant of Letters of administration Intestate and Certificate of Confirmation of the said Grant issued to the Administratrix Esther Fredrick Nkamata on 22/04/2014 and 11/10/2017 respectively.d.THAT this Honourable Court be pleased to issue fresh Grant of Letters of Administration Intestate in respect of the deceased’s estate under Section 66 of the Law of Succession Act and the same be confirmed before the statutory period on account of the age of Instant Succession Cause.e.THAT the cost of this application be costs in cause.The application is based on the following grounds:-
2.The application though served on all the respondent was not opposed. I have considered the summons. The issue that arises for determination is revocation of grant.
3.Under Section 76 of the Law of Successsion Act, several grounds have been laid out upon which a grant of representation may be revoked. Of importance in this ruling is the ground is where a grant has become useless or inoperative, due to changed circumstances, such as where the sole grant-holder has died.
5.In this case, it has been pleaded that the grant issued to the adminitratrix in this cause, Esther Fredrick Nkamata, has become useless and inoperative for the reason that the said adminitratrix is now deceased and that she died before transmitting the estate of the deceased herein.
6.Attached to the application and marked “LKF3” is a letter dated 4th November, 2022 from the area chief of Kathera Location. The contents of the said letter indicate that the Administratrix herein, Esther Fredrick Nkamata, is deceased. This Court has been invited to revoke the grant issued to the late Esther Fredrick Nkamata. The applicant has not attached a death certificate to prove the fact of the death of the administrator. However based on the averments by the applicant and the confirmation by the chief in the letter dated 4/11/2022 I have no doubt that the administratix is deceased.It follows that since the administratix was the sole administrator the grant has become useless and in-operative through subsequent circumstances. Based on Section 76(e) of the Law of Succession Act (supra) the grant issued to the deceased administratix should be revoked.
7.For these reasons I find that this application has merits.I allow the application and order as follows:-1.The grant issued to the deceased administratix on 22/4/2014 and confirmed 10/10/2017 is revoked.2.Any of the beneficiaries to apply to be appointed as the administrator/administratix of the estate of the deceased.