As the former Director of Public Prosecutions Philip Murgor battles the case of murder suspect Sarah Wairimu, his family had a long-standing tussle over properties of his late father, former Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Charles Murgor.
The High Court in Eldoret brought the 24-year dispute over distribution of Charles Murgor’s wealth to an end. The process was led by accredited mediator Dennis Magare; the presiding judge at the High Court was Hellen Omondi.
The mediation took three years after more than 21 years of squabbles.
Judge Hellen had advised, “As we start this case remember the Murgor name is reputable. My advice to you is not to expose private family affairs to the public through the media. Think of mediation,”
DIVIDE IT EQUALLY AMONG 17 CHILDREN; 4 WIVES
The former PC left behind four widows – Selinah Kimoi (five children), Hannah (two children), Christine Chebor (six children) and Dinah Chepkoech (four children).
The long-standing dispute centered on exclusion of Christine’s children from the distribution of wealth. The former DPP is the first born son of Christine, who is now deceased.
The suit was filed by Philip’s younger brother Gilbert
There were two properties under argument, one in Turbo constituency in Uasin Gishu and the second in Keiyo North in Elgeyo Marakwet.
Philip’s family argued that they had been sidelined without justification and sought orders compelling their inclusion as beneficiaries. They claimed that two surviving widows and their children had excluded the children of their late mother (Christine) on grounds that she had been settled by her late husband on a 1,400-acre piece of land in Moiben, Uasin Gishu.
The family successfully countered this by proving their mother purchased the land from a white settler in 1972, through an AFC loan, after her husband repudiated all her financial and land transactions in 1969. There was a forgery during the case where one Ms Chepkoech’s son George Kipkorir was accused of presenting a title deed to the High Court with Ms Chebor’s name replaced with that of Charles Murgor as proprietor.
WITCHCRAFT IN THE CASE
The court was also treated to drama during the hearing lawyer Murgor accused his step-mother, Ms Kimoi, and her daughter Elizabeth Komen of practising witchcraft to instil fear with the aim of defeating justice.
THE AGREEMENT AT LAST
However, last weekend, the 17 children agreed to share the property equally. The mediator helped the parties to establish the beneficiaries and the sizes of the estates. A half a day discussion agreed that everyone will get an equal share of the estate regardless of their gender.
The former PC left behind a Ksh1 billion properties, which includes a 250 acres of agricultural land in Uasin Gishu County and the 212-acre Chebenyiny farm Elgeyo Marakwet County. He also owned several prime plots in Eldoret town and in Iten town in Elgeyo Marakwet.
In the end former DPP Philip Murgor and his siblings had successfully opposed inclusion of the expansive 1,400 Moiben farm in the list of their late father’s property, noting their mother acquired it solely.
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