In Summary
  • Sylvia and her son Clint Kiprono Moi have now asked the High Court in Milimani to grant them administration powers over the late businessman’s estate.
  • Jonathan was closer to his mother Lena than any of his siblings. And it was this relationship that built a Chinese wall between Jonathan and the rest of the Moi family.

He was the eldest son of former President Daniel arap Moi and arguably the most accomplished local Safari rally driver — only second to Patrick Njiru — but Jonathan Kipkemboi Moi lived a modest life.

A clump blocked an artery in Jonathan’s lungs, and on April 20, 2019 the businessman succumbed to the complication. He had pancreatic cancer, which was in its advanced stages when he was first diagnosed in early April.

At the time, Jonathan was married to Sylvia J. Jonathan Moi and together they had four children — Clint, Barbara, Leroy and Wayne.

Several tributes followed the man many knew as JT from all over. Not even Deputy President William Ruto, seen as the biggest political enemy of Jonathan’s younger brother Gideon, was left out as he shared in the Moi family’s grief.

At the time of his death, Jonathan had not prepared a will, a move that could set the stage for a protracted battle for his property.

ADMINISTRATOR

The High Court has allowed Sylvia to temporarily hold administrative powers over her late husband’s estate to ensure that his businesses continue to receive and pay money due to them.

The powers however will be limited to paying bills and preserving Jonathan’s estate until the court makes a final determination on the administration application.

Jonathan’s estate, worth Sh30 million, is pretty modest, especially when placed alongside that of his father and his younger brothers Gideon and Philip.

A mere Google search of the wealth Jonathan’s father amassed while in office, and a peek at several profitable businesses the family runs largely through Gideon, would give one the impression that JT was also immensely wealthy.

But the court documents seem to confirm gossip that JT had a distant relationship with his father and lived a separate life away from the copious amounts of money in his father’s possession.

A source close to the larger Moi family and who helped the Nation to acquire the documents filed in court — now under lock and key at the High Court — said the Moi family met on May 22 and proposed that Sylvia take the administrator’s role.

WEDLOCK

Sylvia and her son Clint Kiprono Moi have now asked the High Court in Milimani to grant them administration powers over the late businessman’s estate.

The estate comprises a piece of land in Nairobi’s Industrial Area that is valued at Sh15 million and shares in Tiro Holdings Ltd (Sh10 million) and Nakuru Oil Mills (Sh5 million).

Jonathan had no debts to his name when he died, a position many a man would envy.

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