Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is staring at eviction from her posh Kitisuru home over alleged Sh44.5 million in rent arrears.
She has since moved to court to thwart an impeding eviction and auction to recover the debt.
According to Daily Nation, she has sought orders from the court to bar Kihingo Village Ltd from evicting her.
The Kirinyaga Governor says that the row stems from the sale of the house valued at Ksh80 million which did not sail through in 2015. Now, Kihingo Village Ltd associated with former Tetu MP Ndungu Githinji and his brother Gitahi Githinji are demanding that Waiguru pays or leaves.
Waiguru says she paid Ksh40 million for the house in cash and applied for a mortgage with KCB for another Ksh40 million to settle the debt but the mortgage did not follow through.
Now, Kihingo Village Ltd states that it has never received any payment of the house for the last five years adding that Waiguru is just a tenant and not the owner of the house.
The developer has sought the services of Chardor Auctioneers should the governor fail to settle her debt.
“Our client is not aware of any sale transaction with your client. If you have a copy of the same, please forward to us,” Kihingo Village responded to the suit.
Waiguru’s lawyer Waweru Gatonye accused the developer of hurdling efforts by the bank to finally offset the mortgage by failing to submit relevant documents.
High Court judge Elijah Obaga has issued temporary orders stopping the eviction and asked the two parties to settle the issue in a modest manner.
Gatonye told the court that Kihingo’s motive was to ruin Waiguru’s reputation by evicting and sending auctioneers.
“Noting her status as the Governor of Kirinyaga County, such an unlawful and unwarranted action of evicting her will no doubt cast aspersion as to her reputation,” the lawyer argued.
The estate – Kihingo Village – is worth Ksh400 million and sits of 37 acres of land.