Tycoons’ Widows Battle for Property in Court

Tycoons’ Widows Battle for Property in Court

Why it matters It is impossible to avoid all conflict, but it is possible to implement a formal business structure to lessen the impact. Another av

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Why it matters

It is impossible to avoid all conflict, but it is possible to implement a formal business structure to lessen the impact. Another avoidable court wrangle tears family apart. 

Days after the death of Engineer Eliakim Washington Olweny, a wealthy surveyor, and proprietor of Nakuru-based Evans Sunrise Hospital in December 2016, his three wives were embroiled in a court battle. Disagreements had emerged between his three wives over the process of his burial.

Mr Olweny’s second and third wife Norah Olweny and Anna Wanjiru claimed that they were married to him according to Luo tradition. And  obtained orders restraining Mr Olweny’s first wife Felecia Olweny and her sons Edwin Olweny and Timothy Olweny  from removing the deceased’s body from Lee Funeral Home until the application is heard.

Fast forward …….. Olweny a respected surveyor was given a quiet burial in his rural home Ukwala, Siaya County.

The wives are at it again. This time, they have locked horns over the late tycoons multi-million shilling business empire. Mr. Olweny owned, Evans Sunrise Hospital situated within Nakuru town, besides significant property in Nakuru, Kisumu and Nairobi.

The first wife, Phelesiah Akoth Olweny, has moved to court seeking to be granted letters of administration of the estates of the deceased, allegedly without involvement of the others.

Norah, the second wife, has  accused the first wife of failing to disclose her entitlement as a widow and that of her five children in the petition for grant letters of administration.

While it is impossible to avoid all conflict, it is however possible to implement a formal family business structure to lessen the impact. Another avoidable court wrangle is in the offing, and it threatens to tear the family apart.

Hearing of the case is set for July 17.

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