The fight around the Will written by the late billionaire Tob Cohen could be intensifying as the Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia jumps into the fray.
It has emerged that Cohen, whose death shocked many when his decomposing body was found in a septic tank in his compound, was a strong Gor Mahia fan, and the club’s fraternity now wants to be included in the fight for his riches.
According to reports from the Will opening event held on Friday, September 20, Cohen set aside 50 per cent of his Sh400 million Kitusuru home to his sister Gabriele Stratan and the other 50 per cent is to be split into half between his nephew and niece; children of his brother Bernard Cohen.
His bank account balance-one which had about Sh100 million was left to his sister Gabriele while the other one with Sh50 million was left to his brother Bernard.
In the wake of this development, Gor Mahia Organizing Secretary Judith Nyangi says the club also deserves a 25% share of the entire property belonging to the late tycoon. Nyangi says this would salvage the club from sinking following the license-suspension of their sponsors SportPesa.
“As much as we are mourning a fallen hero (Tob Cohen), we still believe that we need to be granted 25% of Cohen’s money because he was our fan. We are in dire need of financial help as we speak, and such kind of money can really bail us out,” she told Opera News.
In 1990, while serving as the chairman and director of Philips Eastern Africa, Cohen donated-on behalf of the company, jerseys to the club-a move Gor Mahia family believes that is enough evidence that the businessman was a great supporter of the club.