Tension has rocked the family of the late Simeon Nyachae. The bitterness being, younger widow is said to have taken control of prime properties abroad and in Kenya. Trouble was imminent when a US based Kenyan woman identified as Margaret Kerubo Chweya emerged during Nyachae’s funeral to claim that she is a wife of the late. To cement her position, she was accompanied by a 47-year-old son she revealed was the fruit of their relationship with Nyachae which kicked off in 1973 when she met Nyachae, who was then working at Jogoo House, in Kisii.
The 65-year-old woman further pointed out that after six years from the time of giving birth to Rodney Nyachae, who accompanied her to Kenya, they were blessed with another son Nyandusi Nyachae. The emergency of the two sons is said to be complicating matters worse in the sharing of the estate. Prior to his falling ill in 2018, Nyachae’s family included six known wives and 35 children and among the wives were the late Esther Nyaboke, the late Drusilla Kerubo, Martha Mwango, Silvia Nyokabi and Grace Wamuyu.
It is said,Wamunya who during the burial ceremony boasted of having taken care of the late during his twilight years in the world family has benefited most. Talk is rife,one of the beneficiaries of the estate is not late Nyachae son by blood thus complicating family feuds. Nyachae left behind a vast business empire with interests in agriculture, banking, real estate, transport and manufacturing in Narok, Kisii, Kericho, Sotik, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nyeri and Nairobi. His business empire started with a bakery which he started in 1954 christened Sansora Bakery at Nyanturago.
Immediately after the merger of the NIC Bank and CBA Bank, regulatory filings showed that Nyachae had a multimillion stake in the newly established NCBA Bank Group. At the time, he owned a stake that was worth Sh300 million which was derived from his 8.6 million shares in the bank. He had 3.1 million CBA shares that were converted into 8.6 million shares and according to updated paperwork. By the time of his death, he left behind a stake that stands at over 0.57 percent. Those in the know told Weekly Citizen that the children are putting on brave face despite the current tension that has rocked the family over the wealth. Nyachae’s deceased wife Nyaboke is said to have birthed several daughters and two sons while Kerubo died shortly after giving birth to Nyachae’s daughter Mary. The third wife of the former powerful Gusii leader, Martha Mwango is the mother of the most known children of the Nyachae family .
Martha’s children are Charles Nyachae, Noah, Ndemo, Kenneth Bitange, Mike and Nyandusi among other children. Nyachae’s fourth and fifth widows are Sylvia who bore him three sons and Grace Wamuyu who partly owns Credit Bank with the former minister.Lee Nyanchae is Wamunyu son. Wamunyu served as late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta secretary at State House. A family friend told Weekly Citizen,the young Nyachae generation does not know each other well and that is why Charles roughed up the American based family when they attended the burial ceremony. It is also emerging,during the burial preparations,Charles was opposed to the funeral being held at Gusii stadium until President Uhuru Kenyatta and governor James Ongwae had to intervene. Charles had blocked Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi a family relative being in control on grounds,he was sympathetic to Grace Wamunyu family.
So bad is the relationship between Charles and Matiangi that has seen Charles decide ti join deputy president William Ruto camp in Uhuru succession. And now, late Nyachae daughters and grandchildren want a share in the vast estate. Informed sources say,majority of the children do not have respect for Charles due to his controversial marriage life,like for drinks and blowing of resources.In fact it is said,the late Nyachae had no time for Charles and his favourite sons were Mike, Ken and Engineer Lee and lawyer Michael Nyachae. Just like Charles,the late did not have time for Erick due to his social lifestyle.
His favourite daughter was Wanjiku Nyachae. Charles Nyachae: The eldest of Nyachae’s brood is a UK-trained lawyer. His other siblings include; Joseph Nyandusi (lecturer, West Virginia University), Leon Nyandusi (architect, England), Moses Nyandusi (accountant, England). Then there is Angela, Esther, Eric, Pauline and engineer Lee Nyachae (of Lee Construction) and lawyer Michael Nyachae. Judy Nyachae and Kenneth Nyachae were appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to the boards of Export Processing Zone and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, respectively, in 2015.