– Joshua Gichana bought a land in Nairobi in 2001, but he did not pursue the title deed immediately
– In April 2016, he started the process of acquiring the title deed, and he was in for a rude shock
– When he visited Ministry of Lands offices at Ardhi House, he discovered the document had already been given out
– In possession of the title deed was none other than his wife Mary Moraa Mogire and son Jonah Onentiah
– Gichana moved to court to help him regain possession of his multi-million property now in the hands of wife and son
Men, are your properties safe from your vicious wives and children?
The spectre of dubious and fraudulent change of ownership of family property has left Joshua Gichana Magare with a no as the answer to this question.
Mangare is now banking on courts to help him repossess his KSh 20 million property in Nairobi’s Donholm estate after his wife Mary Moraa Mogire and son Jonah Onentiah allegedly conspired to defraud him of it.
The retired chief accountant with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bought the property in 2001 from a member of the Harambee Sacco, albeit he did not pursue the title deed immediately.
Come April 2016, Magare discovered a title deed had been issued for his property and records at the Ministry of Lands offices at Ardhi House showed the property belonged to Onentiah.
The ex-civil servant was referred to Ardhi House after he went to Harambee Sacco office to inquire about the process of getting a title deed for the property.
He had enjoined his wife as a co-owner of the property.
In documents filed before the Milimani Law Courts, Magare stated Onentiah, a senior Ministry of Health official based at Afya House is not his biological son.
He said after a search at Ardhi House to establish the ownership, Magare was shocked to find that title deed for his land had been issued five years earlier, with the search yielding records that indicated he signed off the property in September 2011.
His signature was forged to effect the transfer.
He reported the matter to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters and investigations started.
Both Magare’s wife and son were interviewed by the DCI during the investigations.
Document examiners established that the letter used in the transfer of the property alleged to have been written by Magare was not its author.
If Magare and his wife of 35 years had desired to live happily forever after they married in 1979, then it remains to be seen whether their marriage will waver after their dispute landed in court.
The two are entangled in a legal battle after Mogire, a 59-year-old Immigration department official was Wednesday May 22 charged with defrauding her husband.
Mogire was charged with conspiring with others not before court to defraud her husband by registering the parcel to Onentiah on or before March 5, 2011.
She was also charged with forgery and uttering false documents after forging letter of authority to transfer the lease tittle of her husband’s property which he presented to a Harambee Sacco official purporting it to be a genuine letter written by him.
Mogire denied all the charges before chief magistrate Francis Andayi.
She was released on a bond of Sh 1 million with one surety of similar amount and an alternative c ash bail of Sh 500, 000. The case will be mentioned on June 3.
Story by Joseph Ndunda, Tuko Correspondent.
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