August 24, 2019

High-end Westlands hotel sues Angolan Embassy over sh6.3 debt

A high-end Kenyan hotel has sued the Angolan High Commission over a Sh10 million debt.

Westlands based Clarence House Hotel on Monday moved to MilimaniLaww Court suing the Embassy over the amount which it owes the hotel in rent for rooms and apartments since 2016.

This follows futile efforts to engage the commission into paying the arrears.

According to The Star, the hotel has provided accommodation to Angolan staff since April 2016 to January 2017

The Hotel’s administration manager Peter Njuguna said he has written to the Embassy on several occasions in regard to the pending bill but they respond by writing him regret letters.

On August 8, 2016, he said, Ambassador Virgilio Marques de Faria told him that the Embassy had challenges in clearing the bill.

“We kindly request an extension until September 20, 2016, for us to pay the current arrears of USD 17,500 (Sh1.8 million).”

Thereafter, the Embassy promised to settle the bill n October 20, 2016, after which they were to terminate the lease for the apartment.

The consulate had rented Apartment C5 which cost $30,000 (Sh3.1 million) for the hotel.

The debt has accumulated to $61, 419.57 (Sh6.3 million).

In court papers, the hotel seeks having this amount paid in full plus interest accumulated.