Former Chief Justice Kitili Mwendwa fell dead intestate, just 40 years after taking the oath of office with President Jomo Kenyatta as a witness in 1968.
Although he had studied law and was familiar with what should be done in the event of his death, he was unable to stop this.
Mwendwa was the first African-born chief justice of Kenya, a position he held from 1968 until 1971. Kenya gained its independence that year.
On September 27, 1985, he was murdered in an automobile accident near Kenyatta University while driving to his Chania farm in Thika to pay his workers.
Thika hospital, 25 kilometers from the scene, was not the Aga Khan hospital, hence the details of his death are unknown.
His suitcase containing 1,000 notes vanished on the day a fire broke out in the laboratory at Thika hospital.
Several days later, unknown individuals broke into his office and emptied the safes. His family is confused as to what happened to him because of the circumstances.
Despite this, Mwendwa's estate was sizable, consisting of numerous shares and assets located in a number of different countries.
A ranch covering 43, 985 acres was his in Laikipia, while he also had a thousand acres in Thika and 140 acres in Kwale, many mansions in Nairobi and Kitui, and a collection of classic cars.
The widow of Winfred Nyiva assumed leadership of the family after his death and began the process of splitting his possessions.
His estate was distributed to his wife Winfred and son Maluku in accordance with a court order dated June 18, 1986.
Mwendwa's daughter, on the other hand, has filed a lawsuit challenging her parents' claim to the estates.
She claims the distribution of her dad's estate between her and her siblings was unfair and requests a new hearing.
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