There seems to be no end in sight in the 20-year battle for the control of former councillor Kibowen Komen’s vast wealth after his daughter-in-law called on Chief Justice David Maraga to intervene.
Grace Komen, a widow, was married to Komen’s son, Samson, who died in an accident in 1982 and is now accusing one of widows of the former civic leader of trying to disinherit her.
Komen, who was the father of former Rongai MP Willie Komen, died in 1997 and left behind property worth millions of shillings in Nakuru and Baringo counties.
According to documents filed in court, the deceased owned huge tracks of land and prime plots in Nakuru Town, Njoro and Kabarnet. He also owned several vehicles, tractors and farm machinery.
Yesterday, Grace described the deceased as a caring and loving father-in-law noting that he supported her materially after her husband died. She said Komen had showed them where to build their home and even subdivided the land in Njoro among his children.
“We lived well until he died in 1997. That was the start of our problems,” she said. The case has been handled by more than five senior judges so far.