Keiyo North MP Murgor family embraces mediation in estate row

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 00:00 |
MP James Murgor.

The family of former long-serving Keiyo North MP William Murgor have embraced mediation in a bid to settle a Sh500 million estate dispute.

A scramble for the multimillion-shilling property by the deceased’s children, among them the current area MP James Murgor, has been threatening to tear apart his empire since he passed away 12 years ago.

Murgor, who was buried at his Kapkoi home in Elgeyo Marakwet, left behind five widows, 10 sons and 15 daughters.

The succession matter has all along been presided over by outgoing Justice Hellen Omondi of the High Court in Eldoret before it was referred for mediation.

The process is steered by Kadina Robert at the High Court.

The disputed estate include huge tracts of agricultural land, commercial and prime plots spread in Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

Fair share

Some of the deceased’s children have sued the MP for allegedly locking them out in the sharing of their father’s wealth in a move they termed discriminatory.

The siblings accuse the Keiyo North MP, who is the administrator of the deceased estate by virtue of being the first born son, of allegedly denying them fair share of their father’s estate.

In a suit filed by Enit Murgor on behalf of her siblings, they have also accused the MP of being biased against his stepsisters and brothers in the distribution of the wealth.

Retired Kenya Army brigadier, Francis Murgor who has been sued alongside the MP told the court that the distribution of their father’s property was done as per his will.

He has, however, welcomed the mediation way, saying the process will give an opportunity to the warring parties to express their feeling at one another in a free and open manner. 

“We are optimistic of settling the succession dispute peacefully through mediation instead of judicial process,” said Francis.

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