In Summary
  • A copy of an affidavit jointly sworn by Cohen and Ms Wairimu on May 18, 2007 reportedly shows that the two jointly owned their house in Kitisuru.
  • According to Mr Philip Murgor, Ms Wairimu intends to fight any attempt to disinherit what legally belongs to her.

Slain businessman Tob Cohen’s will was opened Friday in the presence of his family members and friends in an event that was boycotted by his widow’s lawyer.

Details of the document drawn in April at a time Cohen and his wife Sarah Wairimu had initiated divorce proceedings were not immediately available.

Lawyer Chege Kirundi, who had been the custodian of the will, had earlier told the media that the contents will remain private unless Cohen’s family ordered otherwise.

“We will not discuss any details contained in the will at this time,” said Mr Kirundi. “The details will be in public domain when this matter comes up for probate hearing.”

Lawyer Cliff Ombeta, representing his sister Gabrielle Van Straten, said Ms Wairimu’s lawyers were invited to the event but declined under instructions from their client.

“We invited Sarah but she has not come. We have waited for them for long but they have not come nor sent a representative,” the lawyer said.

WILL COMPROMISED

The late Cohen’s family — Gabrielle and her brother Bernard — refused to speak to the press at Mr Kirundi’s office.

Cohen has left money in bank accounts, shares in various companies and immovable property.

Mr Philip Murgor, Ms Wairimu’s lawyer, had on Friday said they would not attend as the “confidential nature of the will… has been severely compromised”.

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