The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Naivas Chairman Tells Court He Rescued Brother From Chang'aa Trade

Naivas supermarkets chairman has told the High Court in Nakuru that his older brother was a chang'aa seller in Kitale town before he employed him.

While testifying during the hearing of a succession case, Simon Gashwe told Judge Anyara Emukule that Newton Kagira who has objected to his administration of their late father's estate wanted to "harvest where he has never planted."

The court was told that Kagira had led an irresponsible lifestyle despite his two brothers who are co-directors of Naivas trying to assist him.

"He was selling chang'aa in Kitale when we called him and I asked him to become my assistant at Rongai Self Service Stores which is how we started our business," Gashwe said.

Gashwe maintained that Naivas remains a limited company in which some of his family members had bought shares into and not a family business as claimed by his elder brother.

He added that they brought in Kagira as an employee and not as a shareholder.

Kagira has however denied this and instead claims that the Naivas chain was started after their father advised him and his siblings to contribute money to start a business after which he and his two brothers and two sisters contributed.

Kagira is the eldest son of the late Peter Mukuha Kago and is objecting to Gashwe's administration of their father's estate on grounds that his siblings plan to disinherit him.

He has accused his younger brother Gashwe of obtaining a letter of administration over the estate through fraudulent means by forging his signature and that of his two sisters.

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