The family of the late Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has raised objections to a Ksh.70 million ($490,000) legal bill submitted to the High Court by law firm of Kilonzo and Company Advocates led by Mutula Kilonzo Jr and Kethi Kilonzo.
The bill has been met with claims from the Moi family that the late President had already settled the fees through cash payments and gifts.
Moi family contends that the late President Moi, had fully discharged his legal obligations to the firm.
Moi’s son, Phillip Kipchirchir, challenged the bill of costs presented by Kilonzo and Company Advocates, emphasizing that it was implausible for his late father to have left any outstanding fees, given his history of generously gifting and compensating his lawyers in cash.
“I am aware that the plaintiffs have benefited immensely from my late father’s magnanimity and generosity, and it is ridiculous to make a claim against his estate without disclosing how much money and gifts they received from him,” Kipchirchir said.
He further asserted that presenting the bill after his father’s passing was not only done in bad faith but also potentially against the law.
The Moi family, renowned for its significant influence in both business and politics, has emerged as one of Kenya’s wealthiest families.
Bolstered by an extensive land portfolio, they allegedly occupy the position of the nation’s second-largest landholders, second only to the Kenyatta family (unverified).
Moi family wields substantial influence in the media landscape, with a significant stake in the Standard Media Group.
This conglomerate encompasses widely followed media outlets such as Kenya Television Network, various newspapers, and a series of radio stations.