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Jacob Ochola: 62-yr-old Man Who Claims To Be Kibaki’s First-Born Son Now Demands Share Of Estate

Barely three weeks after the late president Mwai Kibaki was laid to rest in Othaya, Nyeri County, a man has come out to say that he is the former Head of State’s biological first son.

Jacob Ochola Mwai, 62, now wants a piece of the Kibaki family estate, reportedly valued to be worth billions of shillings.

Ochola, who was born in Nairobi’s Kaloleni estate on July 22, 1960, claims to have grown up not knowing that he was Kibaki’s sire.

He allegedly came to that realization following a conversation with his mother, one year after his adoptive father passed away. His foster father, he said, hailed from the Luo community, hence the name Ochola.

“When I turned 21, the person I knew as my father died. A year later, my mom disclosed to me that the man who had raised me was not my biological father. She told me she was going to talk to my father and introduce me to him, which she did after a month or so,” Ochola told Standard Digital in an interview.

Despite having purportedly interacted with Kibaki on a number of occasions at Karen Country club, Ochola was not expecting to meet the former Head of State when his mother finally organized a sit down at Amboseli Grill on June 21, 1982.

“My adoptive father was a member of the Karen Country club just like the late president. I was raised in Karen and we frequented the club. Kibaki is someone I knew and so when the time came for me to meet my father, I never expected it to be the late president,” said Ochola.

“It’s not been easy for me having grown up speaking and thinking that I was Luo only to realize 22 years later that I was not from the lakeside tribe. I wish to state clearly that I am not the brother to the late president, I am his biological son.”

From then on, Ochola and Kibaki supposedly remained in constant touch with one another. In 1986 for instance, Ochola claimed he hosted the late president at Mombasa Beach Hotel where he was working as a manager at the time.

“I was the manager at Mombasa beach and Mzee used to come since he has a residence adjacent to the beach but he had to travel three kilometers to get there. During Easter and Christmas he would come and I would sit with him for hours,” said Ochola.

“People didn’t know who I was and they wondered why I was sitting with Kibaki who was the vice president at the time. I didn’t see the need to disclose to them who Kibaki was to me.”

Ochola also claims that Kibaki allegedly invited Ochola to Lucy’s funeral in Othaya but he claims he could not make it since he was scheduled to travel to Ethiopia on the same day.

In the years that followed, Ochola said he kept in touch with Kibaki, occasionally frequenting his Muthaiga residence and official office in Nyari to exchange pleasantries.

“I am well known to the guards there and as you are aware all these premises are under CCTV surveillance and each time I visited my father’s residence I never went alone. I was accompanied by my son or driver and on some cases two pastors who were familiar with what was going on,” he said.

With news of Kibaki’s deteriorating health doing rounds in the country, Ochola said he attempted to visit his alleged father at a Nairobi hospital so that he could get some recognition in the event of his demise. He was however reportedly turned away as he was not recognized as Kibaki’s kin.

Before going to the press, Ochola purports to have taken the matter to the Catholic Church in the hopes that they would help him with his predicament owing to Kibaki’s known history as a devout Christian but nothing has materialized.

“I also had an opportunity to visit the president’s office to have an appointment confirmed with the Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua three times. I did disclose to them the reason why I wanted to see him. They promised to get in touch with me but they never did and this was almost three years ago,” he said.

“I also made contact with Dr. Willy Mutunga, the former Chief Justice, and pleaded with him to intercede on my behalf and all these efforts were not successful.”

Ochola also apparently sought out Kibaki’s sister, Esther Waitherero, in Othaya who he says received him warmly but could not assist him since she also did not have access to Kibaki.

“I have gone to three law firms with this matter so that I can get recognition. I have been home to Othaya three times and I have met my auntie, the only living one I have right now and she told me she could not help me because she could not access daddy,” he said.

When asked why he waited so long to seek recognition from the Kibaki family, Ochola said that his moral compass as a Christian did not allow him to trouble the family at a time when they were still grieving the loss.

“This is not something that started today. It was out of respect that I waited for the process to end to make this press conference. It would not have been right at the end of the day,” said Ochola.

“I was not going to rush to court to demand a stay on his burial or DNA test. That would be disrespectful to the man who brought me into this world.”


Source: Citizen Digital

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