President Uhuru’s long-serving personal assistant Jomo Gecaga is facing eviction from his apartment in Nairobi’s Riverside estate over unpaid rent.
The apartment is owned by former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero.
JSTA Ltd is contesting its eviction from Sh 540,000 a month Gem Suites Riverside apartments.
Jomo Gecaga in court papers, wants the magistrate to intervene in the rent dispute arguing that he and his family
“will be seriously prejudiced and suffer untold loss and damage not to mention the embarrassment” if he is evicted from the apartment and the auctioneers are instructed to seize his assets.
According to the court filings, Gecaga is the tenant for apartment 2C Riverside which is owned by Evans Kidero.
Gecaga wants the court to issue a temporary injunction restraining Kidero from
“ harassing, and or illegally evicting him pending hearing and determination of the case,”
The row between Gecaga and Kidero emanated from a notice issued by the former which sought to pay halved rent of Sh250,000 and a push to forgo paying an additional lease fee of Sh950,000.
In the notice to pay half the rent, Gecaga and his family argued that the family cash flow had been severed affected by the Corona virus pandemic.
But Kidero through his investment agency, Gemivest Limited blatantly rejected the request. He accused Gecaga of declining to sign a new lease agreement after the previous pact expired in March 2016 but continued to live in the apartment.
Geminvest Limited will not accept half payment of Sh250,000 only as monthly rent,” the company responded in a September 15 notice attached in court documents.
“The company instructs that you clear the outstanding bill of Sh950,000 for the period ending September 30 and then vacate the unit as soon as possible.”
It’s this dispute that has triggered a court battle with Gecaga seeking courts protection from the imminent eviction and possible seizure and auction of his assets to clear the outstanding debt.
The matter was certified as urgent by Senior Principal Magistrate Agnes Makau, and parties will appear on the 6th of October for exparte hearing.