Njenga Karume’s daughter, leading inheritance battle dies

She will be buried in Israel

The late Jane Mukuhi Karume-Kihato during a press briefing addressing inheritance row in the estate of her father, the late Njenga Karume

Former Cabinet Minister Njenga Karume’s daughter Jane Mukuhi Karume-Kihato, who has been a leading figure in her father’s inheritance row, has died.

A family obituary published in today’s dailies did not offer details on the circumstances of Jane’s death but indicated she would be buried in Israel at Bahan Kibbutz.

She was Karume’s fifth born daughter and was instrumental in the mediation process between a section of her siblings and the administrators of her father’s estate.

The peace talks between in late 2018 had managed some of the contentious issues in the administration of Karume’s estate including valuation and payment of taxes and debts, but collapsed in July this year.

Karume had eight children out of which three have died including Joseph, Kennedy, and Jane.

The family is mourning yet another relative, slightly over a month after Karume’s granddaughter, Michelle Wariara, died while receiving cancer treatment in the US.

In a letter that went viral after her death, Wairiara complained she did not get the much-needed treatment because she was unable to access her grandfather’s vast wealth.

My final wishes, I would like you all to take a minute to reflect on my current situation, because it has taken courage, compassion and faith in God to overcome and get through every day. It is with a heavy heart that it has come to this, but I am running out of time here. I kindly would like to know the way forward because it is such a terribly long time since I was on treatment.

What is the purpose of my grandfather's wealth if it alone cannot benefit someone as myself when it comes to my healthcare purposes?” Karume’s granddaughter wrote before her demise.


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