Divorced woman blocked from claiming husband’s inheritance

A Murang’a woman who together with her sons plotted against husband’s second wife has to her shock received a court ruling against her.

Ms Ruth Kihanya was claiming a stake of her ex-husband’s estate, barring the second wife, Irene Wanjiru from the inheritance.

However, Justice Hatari Waweru dealt her a blow, ruling that she was married to the deceased for 24 years but their marriage was dissolved on July 22, 1983 by a Thika court.

The two women together with deceased, Cephas Kihanya’s five children were all aligning for their share of the inheritance.

Despite Ms Ruth’s court application that she was married to Kihanya under customary law on or about September 4, 1959 and they had five children, the judge pronounced that the deceased’s known children with Ms Ruth will be considered as beneficiaries of the estate alongside the second wife.

“Being the deceased’s only surviving spouse, the law prefers Ms Wanjiru to administer the deceased’s estate, and the grant of letters of administration intestate issued to her was properly issued,” ruled Justice Waweru.

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