How should families handle inheritance disputes? A dispute by the Odinga family versus their sons widow, has captivated Kenyans.
Ida Odinga and her daughter Winnie filed a case in Milimani Law Court, Family Division, opposing the granting of the rights of administration of the late Fidel’s estate to his wife Lwam Bekelle.
Ida and Winnie said Fidel had twins – a girl and a boy – with another woman. They said the twins are legally his dependents.
Ida said Fidel had twins with Phoebe Akinyi Ogweno who are legally his dependants.
Classic’s Maina Kageni waded into the issue of inheritance and why men leave problems with who gets what.
He spoke referring to the good example set by his late dad.
Maina and his siblings did not enter a fight over who would inherit his millions.
He started off by saying,
Executors of wills always mess up beneficiaries. In most cases these beneficiaries (children) are too young, and they are taken advantage of.
When my dad passed on I was two. He left a will with very good executors who when we turned 21 everything was transferred accordingly
The executors my dad left absolutely loved him and they loved us.
Maina also noted that he has never heard of disputes for women’s property, and wondered why his father never left the entire inheritance to his mother Rahab.
How come it’s different when it comes to women’s property? Women’s property is never disputed. It’s very clear. How are they doing it? How have you organized your succession, coz men are totally useless at it? Why can’t you leave it to your wife to manage until they are of age?
Maina then revealed
even my dad was guilty why didn’t he leave everything to my mother?
Back in 2013, Maina opened up about his late father in a heartfelt note online
I never knew my father… he passed when I was barely out of my diapers… but Mum raised two boys and one girl with courage, set the standards and we never lacked anything… she encouraged us, nurtured us and was and is still there for us when we lost our way or tumbled in this road we call life…
Happy Father’s Day to you, Mum… Muturi, Ciku and I love you for being the best Mother AND Father to us!