The battle over the control of Fidel Odinga’s property escalates to High Court, DNA Tests to be conducted

The fight for the Late Fidel Odinga’s property began in the High Court in Nairobi after the court granted a consent by his mother, Idah Odinga and widow Lwam Getachew Bekele to conduct paternity DNA tests on twins born by another woman.

In response to the claims that Ms. Bekele was sidelining the twins, she claimed through a lawyer that she had no problem taking care of the twins if the DNA tests ascertains the twins were Fidel’s.

Ms. Bekele lamented that the sour relationship between her and her mothers in law, was the cause for the disagreements.

Fidel, who died in January 2015, was laid to rest without leaving a will. According to reports, he is said to have several properties; a house in Karen’s posh Tipuana Park, two pieces of land in Kisumu, a parcel of land in Kajiado, shares in Axum Investments Limited and Ambesa Investments Limited.

At the time of his death, Fidel also had four vehicles to his name. He also had seven bank accounts. However, the only liability he had was a credit card owned by Stanbic Bank, Nairobi.

The two warring factions also sought to bar the media from reporting the case to the public, citing invasion of privacy, an application that was dismissed by the court, claiminng that the matter was brought to an open court.

The case was adjourned to next month, leaving the family to decide to conduct a paternity test in order to verify the father of the two twins.