The family of the late Third Deputy Prime Minister, Eriya Kategaya is fighting over the validity of his Will. 41-year-old Anent Mirembe Kategaya, a daughter to the deceased dragged her paternal uncle Henry Amanya to the High Court Family Division accusing him of meddling with her late father’s estate before its distribution to the rightful beneficiaries. She also wants court to order that the caveat lodged by the defendant in Admin Cause No. 284 of 2013 for the grant of letters of administration be quashed.
According to court documents, the dispute in Kategaya’s family started immediately after his burial on March 7 this year. He had died on March 2 in a Nairobi hospital. The court documents show that Amanya was heard openly in a family meeting at a guesthouse in Makerere denying the existence of any Will executed by the late Kategaya. It is alleged that when Joan Betisimbire Kategaya, the widow of the late Kategaya together with her son, Julius Bansesya Kategaya applied for letters of administration of the late’s estate at Nakawa high court, Amanya maliciously and unreasonably lodged a caveat to the petition for grant of letters of administration on grounds that the deceased left behind a will, which is in his custody.
As a result, Kategaya’s family convened a meeting on May 19 April where Amanya informed the family that the Will would be read to a few family members in Itojo on May 18th. But after reading the purported will Amanya declined to give a copy to widow and children. Through her lawyer, Kategaya’s daughter wants court to set aside the purported Will of her father read to the family by Amanya. She also wants an order for a paternity test of Castro Kategaya and Tania Musementa, her siblings whose parentage is doubted.
She further wants court to declare that Joan Kategaya, the widow is the lawfully wedded wife to the late Kategaya and her son Julius be granted letters of administration to the estate.