BY SAM ALFAN.
The high court will rule on June 26 on whether to order late cabinet minister Mbiyu Koinange daughter Lennah Wanjiku to return about 88 acres of land.
This is after majority of the family members of the late cabinet minister urged the High Court to order one of his daughters Lennah Wanjiku to return about 88 acres of land she currently occupies which she took before the distribution of the estate.
Appearing before Justice Aggrey Muchelule, Eddah Wanjiru Mbiyu through Senior Counsel Paul Muite said she transferred the parcel of land to herself without the consent of other beneficiaries.
Muite also informed the court that Wanjiku has on two other occasions transferred and registered other properties in her favour.
He said the transactions were neither sanctioned by the other three administrators or beneficiaries.
Muite added that the said entries should be cancelled and the land reverted back to the estate as the said transfers constitute of intermeddling.
The application was supported by other administrators including David Njunu Koinange, David Waiganjo Koinange and Margaret Njeri as well as other beneficiaries of the estate.
The lawyer further informed the trial judge that some three other properties were sold through sanctions of the court and there was no contention as all beneficiaries agreed.
They include 260 acres sold to Aga Khan, 100 acres to Centum and a three-acre parcel sold to Karura Community Chapel.
Muite said that the land Wanjiku transferred to herself was not sanctioned by the court, hence it should be cancelled.
However, Wanjiku told the court that Margaret has not come to court “with clean hands” and the application was only meant to delay the distribution of the estate.
Wanjiku through his lawyer said she has been occupying the disputed land since she was evicted from the portion that was sold to other parties, through consent of the court.
The lawyer further added that his client was aware of authorised excisions by other beneficiaries but they were only interested in her parcel, after developing it from a thicket and currently rears dairy cattle among other developments.