Governor Anyang' Nyong'o and his sister Risper Nyagoy could face six months in jail after a Kisumu court convicted them of contempt of court in an ongoing inheritance case.
The two are expected to appear in court next Tuesday for sentencing.
While his siblings Mrs Susan Muthune, Mrs Esther Nyong’o and Mrs Mary Owiti were spared, Prof Nyong’o and Dr Nyagoy were found guilty of disobeying court orders that had directed them to include their nephews on the inheritance list for the property left behind by their father Hesbone Shimei Nyong’o.
Lady Justice Tripsisa Cherere accepted an application by Mr Kenneth Okuthe, the governor’s nephew, asking the court to commit Prof Nyong’o and Dr Nyagoy to civil jail for a period not exceeding six months for their disobedience.
She also cited an earlier contempt of a court order issued on October 11, 2018 by the same judge in a High Court in Kisumu.
“Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and Risper Nyagoy must appear in court in person for sentencing on Tuesday May 28 because they disobeyed court orders,” Justice Cherere said Thursday.
The judge had revoked administrative letters and certificate of confirmation of grant that placed Prof Nyong’o and Dr Nyagoy as the sole controllers of the estate and appointed one of the nephews, Mr Okuthe, as a co-administrator of the late Nyong’o’s estate.
She also directed that the governor and his sister include all children of their sisters as beneficiaries of the multimillion-shilling property left behind by the senior Nyong’o.
The property under contention is estimated to be worth more than Sh200 million and includes 100 acres of land in Miwani and flats on Jogoo Road in Nairobi.
Others are parcels of land in Manyatta, Tamu, Milimani estate and East Rata in Seme sub-county, Kisumu.
In the contempt of court proceedings, Mr Okuthe had claimed that his uncle and aunties had not rendered an account of the deceased’s estate as ordered by the court.
He accused the duo of “ridiculing and undermining” the institution of the court.
Through his lawyer Mr Rogers Mugumya, Mr Okuthe had demanded that the court issues an order compelling the administrators to deposit in a joint interest earning account all proceeds collected from the deceased’s property.