Former Transport Minister John Michuki’s children are in a tussle over the prestigious Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club.
Michuki’s wealth had been managed by his wife, who later died four months later, setting the stage for a court battle between their six children over who should manage the family’s billions.
According to reports, in May 2019, Michuki’s last-born daughter Yvonne Wanja took to court to revoke a document that gave Anne Wanjiru Mutahi and Fredrick Chege, her elder siblings, the mandate to control the multi-billion shillings estate. She cited mismanagement as the reason for her request.
“The respondents have willingly failed to diligently administer the estate. They have hoodwinked the beneficiaries that they wish the estate to be distributed. All businesses under the estate have performed worse, year after year and debts have increased,” Wanja’s papers read.
She went on to further claim that two foreign companies bearing a similar name, Mika Holdings limited, were receiving proceeds of Windsor Park Phase 1 houses and none of the information was disclosed to the family. She claims that the value could be around 1.6 Billion shillings.
In response to the accusations, Anne and Chege filed an Affidavit claiming that the said offenses were false and their younger sibling (Wanja), is only out to tarnish the names of the two.
“It is apparent that the applicant is not interested in the confirmation of grant but rather in picking fights. The content of the supporting affidavits is malicious and untrue.
“The same is intended to tarnish the respondents’ reputation. The first respondent was not aware of our mother’s last instructions to her lawyer.”
The luxurious Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club, built in 1988, spans over 200 acres in Nairobi’s Ridgeways Estate and is estimated to be worth billions, alongside other properties that the late minister controlled.