Joyce Laboso’s Widower Removes Mother-in-Law’s Assets Managed by Late Wife from Inheritance List


Joyce Laboso’s Widower Removes Mother-in-Law’s Assets Managed by Late Wife from Inheritance List

The row surrounding the management of the property of late Bomet governor Joyce Laboso has taken a new twist after her widower, Edwin Abonyo, removed contested assets belonging to his mother-in-law from an inheritance list.Abonyo was locked in a court battle against his sisters-in-law to control multi-million property left behind by the late politician.Edwin Jacob Abonyo is reported to have moved to court seeking letters from the management of the estate of his late wife, including prime property, cash and shares.

His two sons supported the application as it remained unclear whether the late governor had left a will and on June 10, 2020, Justice Aggrey Muchelule granted him a temporary order, The Nation reported.

A gazette notice on the grant was published on January 7, 2021— a move that alarmed the Laboso family and Abonyo’s sister-in-law, Judy Cheptoo Laboso, moved to court to challenge the grant.

On January 18, 2021, Judy sought to stop the planned confirmation, through the law firm of Sang & Sang Advocates and she was given time to file her objection.Cheptoo had accused Abonyo of attempting to disinherit them by including properties that were not allocated to their late sister in the succession proceedings.

The case was set to be mentioned on March 24, 2021.

Some of the properties listed by Abonyo in the court documents were a piece of land in Karen, a townhouse in Kilimani, a parcel of land in Kapletundo in Kericho county and another parcel in Sotik.The late Laboso also had shares at Kenya Grain Growers Co-operative Union (KGGCU), two parcels of land in Kisumu, land in Nakuru town and a residential plot in Bomet town which were also listed by her husband.

Also on the list are Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) shares, shares at Sinendet Multipurpose Co-operative Society and shares at Parliament Sacco. 

Others are benefits held by the Egerton University Pension Scheme, where she taught before joining politics, and her accounts at KCB, Equity Co-op bank and Absa Kenya.

Other than administering the estate, Abonyo also wanted to take over a case in which Joyce had sued the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority for the air accident in which her sister and former Chepalungu MP Lorna Chepkemoi Laboso was killed.Her illness, which remained a tightly-guarded secretuntil her passing, first came to light when photos of ODM party leader Raila Odinga and Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu visiting her in a London hospital emerged.

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