Winstone Chiseremi @Wchiseremi
In a rare spectacle during one of the court sittings at the Eldoret High Court, Justice Hellen Omondi opened the session with a five-minute lecture directed at the children to the late former renowned and respected Rift Valley politician William Murgor.
The children have moved to court over a dispute over the sharing of a Sh500 million estate left behind by their father.
The estate includes huge tracts of agricultural land and commercial and prime plots in Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.
Some of the late Murgor’s children, who claims to have been left out in the distribution of their father’s wealth want the High Court to order the administrator of the estate, James Murgor, who is also Keiyo North MP, to pay all rental and other income derived from prime plot in Eldoret municipality, block 4/84.
They also want the MP to pay rent paid by a petrol station which sits on their property along the Eldoret-Iten road.
Also at the centre of the dispute is a five-acre prime commercial plot in Iten town.
The MPs young sister, Enid Cheptanui Murgor, has filed a suit on behalf of her disgruntled siblings where she accused the MP for allegedly mismanaging their late father’s multimillion shilling property.
Justice Omondi sought to counsel the family and reminded them that the reputation and family name was at stake in what is likely to turn out as one of the fiercest family battle involving siblings.
The deceased, who served as Kerio Central MP during the Kanu regime, left behind five widows and 34 children.
The judge made the remarks in a case in which the children are embroiled in a court battle over the property left behind by their father who died 13 years ago.
The Keiyo North MP, who is the administrator of the deceased estate by virtue of being the first- born son, has been accused by his siblings of allegedly denying them a share of the huge chunk of the property.
In a suit filed by Cheptanui, she accuses her elder brother for sidelining them in the distribution of their late father’s wealth.
She argues that the distribution of her father’s wealth disregards Keiyo customary laws in cases of polygamy for equitable sharing according to households.
In her submission, she also complained that the MP, while distributing the estate and property of the deceased, favoured his family to the extreme detrimental of other households.
“The proposed distribution does not provide adequately for all known beneficiaries and in particular, has left out two sons of the deceased, namely Ambrose Murgor and Oscah Murgor,” she argued.
Cheptanui, who is based in the US, further argued that the proposed distribution does not explain the legality, rational or adequacy of the purported minutes which allegedly forms the basis of the final distribution of the wealth.
In a testimony, Francis Murgor who has been sued alongside the MP, told the court that the distribution of their father’s property was done as per the will of the deceased.
Francis denied claims by his sisters that they had been isolated in the distribution of their late father’s property terming the allegations untrue and a fabrication of facts.
The MP is scheduled to appear in court on October 19 over the accusations.
The late former MP is the older brother of former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Philip Murgor’s father, and the late Charles Murgor, who served as Nyanza Provincial Commissioner during the Kanu regime.
Philip is also entangled in a court battle with his step brothers over a multi-billion shilling property inheritance left behind by his late father, Charles Murgor.
Philip’s father had 24 children among them the former DPP and his young brother Gilbert Murgor.
The two have moved to court to block their stepbrothers from sub-dividing 1,400 acres of agricultu