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Kenya: Tuju Deposits Sh50 Million to Stop Property Auction

by biasharadigest

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju has deposited Sh50 million in court as a condition for stopping a regional bank from auctioning his property in Karen, to recover a debt of Sh1.6 billion.

In a letter to Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Mr Tuju through his lawyer, said the amount had been deposited in a joint-interest earning account.

“We write to confirm that this condition has been complied with. Our clients have deposited Kshs.50,000,000 in an interest earning account at NCBA Bank Kenya,” the letter stated.

Last month, the Court of Appeal directed Mr Tuju to deposit the amount within 30 days failure to which the order will lapse and the bank was free to auction the property.

The dispute stems from a loan agreement when his company, Dari Ltd, borrowed from the bank on April 10, 2015, under which the lender agreed to give Dari a $9.3 million (Sh943.9 million).

Part of the deal was to fund the acquisition of a property in Karen known as Tree Lane and for development and construction of residential units.

But the bank and the company later fell out. Dari defaulted and the bank was forced to recall the loan. The dispute was heard by a UK court, which ruled in favour of the bank.

On July 8, Justice Mary Kasango declined to stop insolvency proceedings pending before the High Court and another case challenging the appointment of receiver managers, saying there was nothing to show that the money had been deposited as directed.