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|Case Number:||Succession Cause 57”B” of 2009|
|Parties:||In Re Estate of TOM OBUON OBUON – DECEASED|
|Date Delivered:||26 Nov 2010|
|Court:||High Court at Kisumu|
|Citation:||In Re Estate of TOM OBUON OBUON – DECEASED  eKLR|
|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|
Before court is an application by way of summons brought under Rule 10 of the Probate And Administration Rules, Section 17 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, Cap 148 of the Laws of Kenya, seeking for an order presuming death of one Tom Obuon Obuon, on account of his disappearance or absence for a continuous period of over 14 years since 10th August, 1995 and for issuance of a certificate of death. The application supported by the affidavit of Daniel Obuon Obuon the father of Tom Obuon Obuon.
Section 118A of the Evidence Act, Chapter 80 of the Laws of Kenya provides:-
“Where it is proved that a person has not been heard of for seven years by those who might be expected to have heard of him if he was alive, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that he is dead.”
From the closest relatives; the parents of the deceased, he was last seen alive at his place of residence Nairobi South B, on the 10th of August, 1995. His father first got information of his disappearance on the 18th of August, 1995 from one of his other sons John Obuon. The father has since the 20th of August, 1995 made efforts to trace his son but all in vain he visited Kenyatta National Hospital and City Mortuary on the 20th of August, 1995, reported to Tom’s supervisor’s at work and officially made a report to Langata Police Station on the 21st of August, 1995. On the 22nd of August, 1995, he formally reported the disappearance to the C.I.D Training School. He thereafter followed up the reports with the above institution as he also visited other private hospitals to see if his son was admitted in any one of them. On 27th of August, 1995 he went to the Police headquarters where he was given a police officer and in the Company of the said police officer, he visited city mortuary for a further search to no avail.
On the 25th of April, 2005 the 1st applicant appealed to the public to assist in tracing his son through the Standard Newspaper. All the above effort having failed, the applicants seek for an order presumption of death.
14 years is twice the period permissible in law for one to be presumed dead. From the evidence on record all due diligence has been conducted by the applicants in searching for their son and in view of the application and provision of the Law, the application dated 18th March, 2009 is granted in the following terms.