Behind every successful man is a woman, so goes the famous adage. The same is proving to be true too in the case of the billionaire teenager, Adam Kamau Macharia. Even as Kenyans continue to ponder over how exactly a fresh-faced 19 year old was able to take on a hardened tycoon such as SK Macharia whose past court battles include a vicious court case against Moi’s government, details are now emerging about a certain Lisa Anyango Amenya, an older woman, and the pivotal role she has played in the high stakes court case that has seen Adam now in charge of an estate worth 1.2 billion.
After the death of his son John Gichia Kamau, his father, SK Macharia went to court seeking orders to become his grandson’s guardian, and take over the management of the seventeen-year old’s multi-million inheritance.
John Gichia had left behind a teenage son named Adam Kamau Macharia who was sixteen at the time of his father’s death, and was under the custody of Lisa Anyango Amenya, his mother.
His mother launched a formidable opposition against SK Macharia’s application, which culminated in Adam eventually taking over the case personally once he turned 18, and which finally ended in the now 19 year old winning over the 1.2 billion estate.
In SK’s application, he had claimed that he had a close bond with the teenager, and was seeking to be handed over custody since his father was now no longer alive, and could help with basics like healthcare.
However, in her response in an affidavit seen by the Kenyan Report, Lisa said, through her lawyers W.G. Wambugu & Co Advocates on 8th February 2019, that SK’s application lacks merit and pointed out that the said minor is Adam Kamau Macharia and not Adam Kamau Gichia as referred to by the grandfather.
“The late John Gichia Macharia maintained the minor and myself and paid a majority of our expenses on a monthly basis. I vehemently oppose the said application and wish to state that the application lacks merit. I have lived with the minor in my house as the primary care giver and he was living with the deceased from time to time over the last five years. I know of my own knowledge that I am capable of taking care of the minor’s interests as his mother and primary care giver,” read the affidavit in part.