Property developer threatens to kick out Anne Waiguru over KSh 44M rent arrears

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Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru risks being evicted from her Kitisuru home for allegedly failing to pay over KSh 40 million rent arrears.

Property developer threatens to kick out Anne Waiguru over unpaid over KSh 40M rent arrears

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru speaking at a past event. Photo: Anne Waiguru.

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Property developer Kihingo Village Ltd asked the first term county boss to settle $408,000 (KSh 44.6 million), an outstanding amount it said was owed to them by the governor.

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Waiguru rushed to court to stop being thrown out from the KSh 80 million house that she inked a deal to buy in 2015.

“The applicant is apprehensive that unless the orders sought herein are granted, the consequences of the eviction will be dire as the suit property is her residential home where she resides with her family. The damage will be irreparable,” she told court through her lawyer Waweru Gatonye.

Waiguru's defense

Gatonye said if the governor was removed from the property her reputation would be destroyed considering her status.

In her defense, the politician argued she paid KSh 40 million in cash for the property and had a mortgage agreement with the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) to pay the rest of the money.

Kihingo Village Ltd, however, denied receiving the amount saying Waiguru was a tenant and not the owner of the house.

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It ordered the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary who resigned in 2015 over graft allegations to clear the outstanding rent arrears or Chardor Auctioneers will take charge.

Temporary orders

Justice Elijah Obaga issued temporary orders to stop the developer from evicting Waiguru and asked the warring parties to settle the rent dispute among themselves.

The hearing for the case was set for February 2021.

The property developer had issued an eviction notice in February through Gichuki King’ara and Company Advocates insisting Waiguru could not stay in its property for free.

“Your client has unlawfully stayed for the last four years and six months in our client's premises without payment of rent and completing whatever other transactions that she has failed to disclose to us through documentation,” it said in a letter.

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