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
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
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
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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