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Former politician gets reprieve in eviction case

A former deputy presidential candidate has been granted temporary orders stopping her eviction from a property she intends to purchase.

High Court Judge Lucy Njuguna granted the orders in an application filed by Ms Winnie Kaburu, who had alleged that Mr Kanwaljit Singh Chadda, who is the owner of the house she intends to buy, had taken steps intended to frustrate and illegally evict her without compensation.

Ms Kaburu, who was a running mate of presidential candidate James ole Kiyiapi in the 2013 General Election, had through lawyer Henry Kurauka said that on December 22 at around 4:30pm Mr Chadda’s agents invaded the premise and damaged property valued at Sh10 million.

Mr Kurauka told the court that on December 20 Ms Kaburu received credible information from an anonymous source that Mr Chadda had hired goons and bulldozers to demolish the main house anytime from December 30.

“Ms Kaburu and Mr Chadda have entered into a written sale agreement with intention to complete the sale transaction of the property in favour of Ms Kaburu,” the lawyer said.

In her court papers, Ms Kaburu said Mr Chadda has threatened to auction her property anytime as per an undated notification of sale of movable property issued to her on December 9.

“The list of items in the inventory issued by the auctioneers has omitted many items that the said auctioneers forcibly seized and carted away,” Ms Kaburu said.

She has also claimed that the auctioneers failed to serve her with a 14-day notice of proclamation, as per the auctioneering rules, before carting away her property.

Ms Kaburu said she has paid all the rent in respect of the tenancy agreement dated September 1, 2012 where they had agreed the rent will be Sh100,000 a month.

The application has been certified urgent and will be heard on January 10.

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