1.The applicant approached this court vide a summons for rectification and confirmation of grant dated April 18, 2023 seeking the following orders;1.Thatthe application be certified urgent for hearing on a priority basis.2.Thatthe Grant of Letters of Administration Intestate made on February 5, 2009 be rectified by removing the name of Monica Wanjiku Ng'ethe as a Co-administrator of the Estate of the late Naomi Njeri Ngethe (Deceased).3.Thatpursuant to granting of prayer(b) above, a Rectified Grant of Letters of Administration Intestate be issued to Joram Kaingwa Ng'ethe and be confirmed in terms of paragraphs 2 and 4 of the Applicants Affidavit on Mode of Distribution dated January 31, 2023 and filed in court on February 1, 2023.4.Thatthe costs of this application be in the cause.
2.The application is expressed to brought under rule 43, 49 and 73 of the Probate and Administration Rules and Section 47, 66 (b) and 71(2) (b) of the Law of succession Act Cap 160 of the Laws of Kenya.
3.The applicant contends that the deceased was survived by the following beneficiaries;1.Joram Kaingwa Ng'ethe2.Monica Wanjiku Ng'ethe3.Paul Mburu Ng'ethe4.Stephen Kiarie Ng'ethe5.Samson Njuguna Ng'ethe6.Elizabeth Wamboi Ng'ethe
4.The applicants deposed that the issue of ownership of Land Title Numbers Uasin Gishu/Kimumu 1946, 1947 and 1949 was a subject of an acrimonious and costly court litigation in Eldoret ELC No 300B of 2012 (Joram Kaingwa Ng'ethe (Suing as the personal representative of the Estate of the late Naomi Njeri Ng’ethe (Deceased) VS Monica Wanjiku Ng'ethe wherein judgment was delivered on 26th July, 2018 in favour of the Estate as against the defendant Monica Wanjiku Ng'ethe, who is the Respondent herein.
5.The applicant’s contention is that the clearly the respondent's conduct as enunciated in the judgment aforestated was grossly inimical and prejudicial to the Estate and as such she is not entitled to be a Co-administrator thereof. That she has occasioned a delay and frustration in distribution of the estate and as such it is in the best interest of justice and the estate that the court rectify the Grant of Letters of Administration Intestate made on February 5, 2009 by removing the name of Monica Wanjiku Ng'ethe as a Co-administrator of the Estate of the late Naomi Njeri Ng’ethe (Deceased).
Analysis & Determination
7.From the language of section 74 of the Law of Succession Act and Rule 43(1) of the Probate and Administration Rules, the scope of rectification of grants of representation is limited to errors in names and descriptions, or in setting forth the time and place of the deceased’s death, or the purpose in a limited grant. I may add that such other minor errors in that genre could also be rectified.
8.However, section 47 of the Law of Succession Act sets out the jurisdiction of the court as follows;The High Court shall have jurisdiction to entertain any application and determine any dispute under this Act and to pronounce such decrees and make such orders therein as may be expedient:Provided that the High Court may for the purpose of this section be represented by Resident Magistrates appointed by the Chief Justice.
9.Under the powers granted to this court under section 47 of the act and upon considering the judgement in E&L Case No 300’B’ of 2012, it is my considered view that it is in the interest of justice and the estate to grant the orders sought. In the premises, the application succeeds and I order as follows;The Grant of Letters of Administration Intestate made on February 5, 2009 be rectified by removing the name of Monica Wanjiku Ng'ethe as a Co-administrator of the Estate of the late Naomi Njeri Ngethe(Deceased).A Rectified Grant of Letters of Administration Intestate be issued to Joram Kaingwa Ng'ethein terms of paragraphs 2 and 4 of the applicants’ affidavit on mode of distribution dated January 31, 2023.Costs of this petition to be in the cause.