Court documents have shed new light on how Kenya’s second president, the late Elder Daniel Arap Moi, has shared billions of dollars in wealth among his eight children.
According to his will submitted to the court, Moi left a 931-hectare farm to be divided among his five sons; Jonathan Kipkemboi Moi, Gideon Moi, Raymond Moi, Philip Moi and John Mark Moi.
He gave explicit instructions to his supervisors at Kabarak University to share ancestral land equally among his sons who would later transfer the farm to their children.
Moi also donated Ksh 100 million to each of his three daughters; Jenifer Chemutai Moi, June Chebet Moi and Doris Chekorir Moi.
The former president, however, did not include in his will a disputed Ksh 2.5 billion plot in Muthaiga, Nairobi. The 19.7-acre Muthaiga land was not included in its will of November 15, 2005, and the will was rewritten a few years later.
A Kenyan doctor living in the United States, Dr George Kiongera, opposed Moi’s division of wealth, claiming that a case had been filed with the Nairobi Environment and Land Court to determine ownership of the land.
Moi was charged with selling the land to three different companies at the same time between 1988 and 2016. Kiongera asked the court to cancel the farm from Moi’s will. The court, however, clarified that the land was not listed in the Moi code (a rewritten will), and therefore could not stop the distribution of its wealth.
David Chelugui, son of former chief Noah Chelugui, also asked the court to remove lawyer Zehrabanu Janmohamed as administrator and trustee of Moi’s will. Chelugui demanded compensation of Ksh 1 billion which his family won in the 2019 land case against Moi.
The court heard that Moi’s family had filed an appeal against the case, which has not yet been decided. Judge Aggrey Muchelule rejected the family of the former chief’s family saying the court could not suspend the implementation of Moi’s will.
In February 2020, retired AIC bishop Silas Yego revealed that the former president shared his fortune before he fell ill and died in February 2020.
“It is something he did sometimes before his condition deteriorated and he lost his voice. He made sure he divided his property between all his children and his dependents.
“The will was submitted to one of his lawyers, I can’t tell you,” Yego said.