Former Equity Bank CEO John Mwangi’s widow wants his body exhumed

Former Equity Bank CEO John Mwangi's widow wants his body exhumed
The late Equity Bank CEO and Enashipai Resort owner John Mwangi Kagema. PHOTO| COURTESY

One of the widows of the late Equity Bank CEO and Enashipai Resort owner John Mwangi Kagema now wants his body exhumed for a DNA test to be conducted over property row.

Sarah Wanjiru Ngugi claims that a suitable DNA conducted on the children of the late Equity Bank founding CEO will avoid unnecessary litigations in respect to the deceased father.

“DNA test be conducted on any other persons alleging to be a biological child of the deceased so as to avoid unnecessary lengthy litigation so as to determine paternity,” reads court papers.

She also wants the court to give directions on the most sound and respectable manner to harvest samples for DNA.

Sarah is accusing her co-wife Beatrice Wanjiku Mwangi and her two sons of excluding her in the properties and disclosing the extent of the estate owned by the deceased.

Sarah says that Beatrice’s marriage is disputed in light of the information that was shared to her by the deceased.

According to the court documents, Sarah says that upon the death of the deceased, her co-wife for no good reasons kept away from all the preparations of burial and interment of Mwangi causing her psychological torture, stress and mental anguish.

However, in another replying affidavit by Beatrice Wanjiku, she says that she is the legal wife and therefore Mwangi had no capacity to marry any other woman since he married in a monogamous union.

She says that the claim by another woman Esther Njeri that she is a wife to the deceased cannot be true.

The case will be heard on November 23 this year.

The late Mwangi, who was a renowned entrepreneur associated with Enashipai Spa & Resort in Naivasha, died in December last year.

In February, his widow Beatrice Wanjiku alongside James Kagema and Daniel Wamahihu — who are among her four children — filed a succession case at the High Court in Nairobi to kick-start the process of being administrators of his estate.

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