Monday, November 1, 2010

Kenya: Somalia Embassy sale case to be known on December


Monday, November 01, 2010
The High Court has deferred judgement of a case involving sale of Somali embassy building to December 7
High Court Judge, Justice Msagha Mbogoli said the judgement of the case involving the controversial sale of Somalia State land in Nairobi at the height of a civil war as Kenyan top officials watched, will be known next month.

The case was filed by the former diplomats who sought legal redress and moved to court in a bid to recover the prime asset through a civil suit against the purchaser of the property.

They want the courts to declare the sale illegal and cancel transfer of the property. In an amended plaint, Republic of Somalia is enjoined as the third plaintiff and a number of high-ranking Somalia officials.

The property standing on five acres of land was allegedly transferred to Nairobi businessmen Suleiman Rahemtulla Omar and Zarina Sulieman Omar by former Somali ambassador Ahmed Sheikh Mohamud for Sh15 million.

The property located in the high cost Spring Valley, at the junction of Brookside Drive and Lower Kabete Road, is currently estimated to be worth Sh500 million.

The case comes hot on the heels of the Tokyo Embassy saga in which irregularities caused public outrage and forced Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula to step aside alongside his Permanent Secretary Mr Thuita Mwangi last week.

Source: Standard

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