Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and sister Dr Risper Nyagoy have been ordered to pay a fine of Sh 800,000 within 30days or risk being jailed for having disinherited their nephews of family property totaling Sh200million.
Kisumu High court Judge Thrispisa Cherere declared that Prof Nyong’o and Dr Nyagoy were both guilty for failing to include their nephews in the list of beneficiaries and co-administrators of the estates after the court revoked the duo’s role as administrators.
High court Justice Cherere further directed that the nephew, Kenneth Okuthe be incorporated together with Geoffery Omondi as the beneficiaries of their late father, Hesbon Shimei Nyongo’s multi-million estate.
The property in contention included 100 acres in Miwani as well as flats along Jogoo road in Nairobi alongside parcels of land in Manyatta, Tamu(Muhoroni),and East Rata in Seme Sub County all in Kisumu.
This morning the judge cautioned that the duo will be brought back to court on July 25, 2019 to confirm whether they have complied with the court order and failure to do so a warrant of arrest will be issued against them.
Last week, the duo was warned that they faced an imminent six month imprisonment as ordered by the high court for contempt after having failed to appear in court.
In an earlier ruling by Justice Cherere on October 11, 2018 the judge declared that the letters that placed Prof Nyong’o and the sister Dr Nyagoy be revoked forthwith.
Two counsels for the accused; Rodgers Mugomiya and Jefferson Museve who represented the accused person informed the court at the time that their clients were out of the country and so could not appear in person before the court.
The judge then postponed the hearing to May 30, 2019 after the advocates assured the court that the accused persons would avail themselves before court today.
Justice Cherere while delivering her short ruling ordered that Prof. Nyong’o and sister Dr. Nyagoy pay Sh. 400,000 each or cool their feet in jail.
However, the judge also directed that in the event that they failed to do so then they will have to pay an extra Sh.50, 000 every month until when the order was complied with.
The late Hesbon Shimei Nyong’o died way back on November 10, 2006 without leaving a will leading to the protracted legal battle that has taken several years to determine.
By Dorothy Otieno and Joseph Ouma