- Wambui Kamiru’s lawyer said she wanted the case to be heard in private
- The widow stated that the case was misreported every time it went to court
- She, however, did not specify which media organization she was displeased with
- Neither did she point out the stories with which she was upset
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Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore’s widow Wambui Kamiru wants media to be excluded from a succession case that has been going on.
Kamiru’s lawyer, Njenga Kahura, told Family Court Judge Maureen Odero on Thursday, July 29, that she wanted the case to be heard in private.
According to a report by The Standard, the widow stated that the case was misreported every time it went to court.
She, however, did not specify which media organization she was displeased with nor the stories with which she was upset.
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“I want to ask the court that the matter be heard in camera. It is because all the time this matter comes up, there is inaccurate reporting,” Njenga said.
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The judge had ordered Wambui and Collymore’s children, who are in the United Kingdom, to virtually appear before her on Thursday, July 29.
This was to have the children give their consent for Wambui to manage Collymore’s estate.
The judge asked the lawyer whether he had obtained a notarized consent if the children would not appear.
For the court to confirm the grant, it gives time for family members or persons interested in either challenging the Will or claiming a share of the deceased’s estate.
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If a contest is filed, the case will first be flagged for mediation to see if it can be amicably settled out of court.
If not settled, then the case is handed to the judge, who subsequently hears the opposition.
In case there is no contest, the court requires that each person listed as a beneficiary confirms that they are not opposed to either a person administering an estate or how it should be shared.
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At the same time, one is required to confirm that he or she has not been forced to agree to the terms of a will or division of an estate.
Collymore bequeathed his entire Kenyan fortune to his wife Wambui Kamiru, thought to be worth hundreds of millions of shillings.
Should something happen to Wambui, he named State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita as an alternate executor of his will, according to his final testament.
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Collymore married Wambui in April 2016 but died in July 2019, three years later.
The full inventory of his riches, estimated to be in the millions, has been withheld from his application for grant of probate filed with the courts.
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