The son of Malindi tycoon Charo Shutu has built a Sh20 million house for his father’s 12 widows.
Charo Shutu was the head of a family once gazetted as a criminal gang. He died in 2003 leaving behind 38 wives, 26 of whom have since died. He had 400 children and hundreds of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Japhet Noti Shutu, better known as Janja, handed over the 48 room modern house to his step mothers on Mother’s Day in a ceremony presided over by the Catholic church.
Noti, 64, is the second born to the first wife who died a few years ago. He is a businessman dealing in real estate.
The house, sitting on half an acre piece of land, consists of 2 bedrooms and a verandah for each widow, totaling 24 sets of 2-bedrooms.
Noti announced last year during his father’s anniversary that he would build homes for his step mothers.
He also lamented at the justice system, saying his family lost a huge chunk of land to grabbers when the government branded them a criminal gang. Noti said that they have struggled for decades to get justice.
He however said their fortunes are slowly changing and they have been able to recover 100 acres of a total of 479.
“Our fortunes are slowly changing after the High Court in Malindi cleared our name and ordered that it be degazetted as a criminal gang,” he said.
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