1.The Summons before this Court are dated March 6, 2023. The Administrator of the Estate, one Patrick Kiarie Kimani prays for the following:-
2.The Summons are based on the grounds set forth therein and the Supporting Affidavit of Patrick Kiarie Kimani. It is averred that Anne Wanjiru Njenga died on December 10, 2012 without fully administering the estate. Therefore, the Grant of Letters of Administration intestate issued to Anne Wanjiru Njenga and Parick Kiarie Kimani has since become useless and inoperative under the subsequent circumstances.
3.I have read the Summons and the Supporting Affidavit. From the record, the last time this matter was before the court was on June 27, 2012 when Njagi J issued the following orders:
4.The Certificate of Confirmation of grant dated June 27, 2012 was then collected by the then counsel of the Administrators, Messr Njoroge Nyagah & Co Advocates.
5.This matter has been inactive since June 27, 2012, after the Confirmation of grant. The matter was not closed, dismissed, or struck out.
6.The Administrator also prays to substitute Anne Wanjiru Njenga with Patrick Kiarie Kimani as the administrator of the estate. Letters of Administration of the estate was issued on October 6, 2010 to Anne Wanjiru Njenga and Patrick Kiarie Kimani. One of the administrators, Anne Wanjiru Njenga has since died without the estate being distributed. Now the remaining administrator seeks for substitution. There is no room for substitution of the deceased administrator under the Law of Succession Act. In my view, therefore, where the sole administrator is a natural person, and he or she dies, the grant becomes useless or inoperative by reason of subsequent event of his demise. Accordingly, in such case, the proper procedure is to apply for revocation of grant of letters of administration under section 76(e) of the Law of Succession Act on the reason that the grant has become useless and inoperative through subsequent circumstances and a grant to be made to another person named in the application.
7.In this case, the estate was being administered by both Anne Wanjiru Njenga and Patrick Kiarie Kimani. The law regarding the status of a grant where deceased administrators or executors have died is well settled under Section 81 of the Law of Succession in case one or more of several executors or administrators dies. For clarity purposes, I wish to reproduce Section 81 which provides as follows:
8.From the foregoing, this Cause remains active. The remaining Administrator Patrick Kiarie Kimani to distribute the estate of the Late Esther Wanjiku Kiarie (deceased) as provided for in the Certificate of Confirmation of Grant.
9.Cost of the Summons be in the Cause.
It is so ordered.