Slain billionaire Tob Cohen’s widow Sarah Wairimu has refuted claims that her husband owed two Kiambu politicians over 35 million shillings. She filed an affidavit in court where she stated that she was not aware of her late husband owing anybody money, let alone Kiambu politicians.
Sarah claims that she only heard of the allegation through the media when Cohen’s will was opened. She added that she learned that the will opening ceremony was attended by one Patrick Muiruri and two politicians from Kiambu County who are claiming to be owed some 35 million shillings.
Wairimu argued that she needs to be freed on bail to be in a position to fight for her rights as the widow and co-owner of their matrimonial property. She says that there are no compelling reasons that could deny her the bail as there is no evidence that has been availed in court to support the case. She is in fact, accusing her in-laws of conspiring to ensure that she is denied bail.
Sarah said that she is shocked by late husband’s sister Gabriele Van Straten and lawyer Chege Kirundi insisting and going ahead to open the will before her late husband was buried and while she was in custody. That was a move to deprive her of her matrimonial and property inheritance rights, she alleges.
The affidavit will be heard in court after Wairimu takes a plea and formally makes bail application. She was arraigned in court Thursday before Justice Stella Mutuku but she did not take plea as the complainant’s lawyer questioned her representation by former DPP, Philip Murgor.
Lawyer Cliff Ombeta representing Tob Cohen’s family objected Wairimu being presented by Philip Murgor claiming that he is a state officer. Murgor however said that he was appointed in January but resigned in early march. He laughed off Ombeta saying that he resigned after wasting two months of his professional life. The court deferred the plea to next week to allow time for clarifications.