ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s signature forged

Fresh details over the succession battle among the family members of the late former Assistant Minister Martin Shikuku have emerged.

The High Court has revealed that Emmanuel Shikuku forged the signature of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga and former Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) boss Richard Leakey who were witnesses indicated in his father’s will.

Reports from the court indicate that Leakey disowned his alleged  signature stating that he had never witnessed any will signed by the late Martin Shikuku.

In his ruling, the High Court judge Thande Mugure ordered that a copy of the fake document be presented to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji for prosecution.

“In view of the foregoing, it would appear to me that the document which Emmanuel passed off as the will of the deceased is a forgery.

“Under the penal code, the uttering of a false document as Emmanuel herein has done is a criminal offense that renders him liable for prosecution,” Judge Mugure ordered.

The case involves a 100-acre parcel of land located in Kiminini, Trans Nzoia County.

The High Court judge also revoked Emmanuel’s authority over the disputed 100-acre parcel of land located in Kiminini, Trans Nzoia County land located in Kiminini, Trans Nzoia County despite a previous court order which had granted him the mandate to execute the will.

Initially, Emmanuel had alleged that his father had died without a will but changed tune when he later presented the contested document in court.

He claimed that his father had authored the will on September 16, 1996, which dictated how the vast properties would be shared among his family.

The late Martin Shikuku had three wives and 20 children however, two of his wives and six children have died.

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