62-Year-Old-Man in court to seek recognition as Kibaki’s firstborn and receive part of his wealth

FILE - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki listens to former U.N Secretary General Kofi Annan after signing a power-sharing agreement with opposition leader Raila Odinga following weeks of bitter negotiations on how to end the country's deadly postelection crisis, in Nairobi, Feb. 28, 2008. Former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has died at the age of 90. Kibaki’s death was announced Friday, April 22, 2022 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who said it his passing was a “sad day” for the country and praised his predecessor as a great Kenyan. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, file)

A 62-year-old man who claims to be former President Mwai Kibaki’s biological son has gone to court demanding to know if the former Head of State bequeathed any part of his wealth to him.

Mr Jacob Ocholla Mwai wants the court to compel the family of the late Kibaki to recognise him as the firstborn son of Kenya’s third President and to give him an equal share of the departed patriarch’s wealth.

Born in Kaloleni, Nairobi, in July 1960, Mr Ocholla says after his adopted father Hillary Ocholla died on January 28, 1981, his mother sat him down and told him the deceased was his adopted father.

He further says that his mother “promised to arrange a visit to see my real father”.

“It was the most shocking thing I had ever heard. The news left me distraught and with so many unanswered questions. All along I had grown up knowing that I was a Luo, only to realise that I was not,” Ocholla Mwai states in his sworn affidavit.

Mr Ocholla says that he resembles Kibaki. He has attached photos and further states that people who have met him say he looks like the deceased.

According to the court documents, Ocholla says he chose to make his parentage public now and not when Kibaki was alive, saying that when they first met, the former President not only acknowledged that he was his biological father, but asked him to always respect him as a father. He states that Kibaki further asked him not to do anything that would injure his (Kibaki’s) character.

Justice Muchemi directed that the case be mentioned before the court on September 19, 2022. The judge further directed the Kibaki family to file their responses within 21 days.

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