Former Gatundu North MP Kariuki Muiruri risks losing 17-acre land valued at Ksh300 million.
This is after a Thika Court barred him from accessing the piece of land over a protracted legal battle between him and a Kiambu-based tycoon, Viktah Maina popularly known as ‘Maathai’.
Maathai had sued Muiruri, his company, his son Sebastian Muiruri, the Chief Land Registrar and the Attorney-General accusing them of illegally repossessing the land after he bought it from him.
According to Court documents, Muiruri, through his company Thika Dairies Limited, sold the land to Mapema Holdings, a company owned by Maathai on March 10, 2008 for Sh9 million and a sale agreement and transfer signed between the parties.
In the ruling, Thika Environment and Land Court Justice L. Gacheru barred the former lawmaker, his agents or workers from developing, leasing, transferring or dealing in any way with the property LR No. 4953/2414, located at Kiganjo in Thika municipality, until the case is heard and determined.
“The application is supported by the affidavit of Viktah Maina Ngunjiri sworn on April 5, 2019 who averred that pursuant to clause 4 of the agreement, the plaintiff paid a deposit of Sh2 million to the 2nd respondent upon execution of sale agreement and the 1st defendant through the 2nd respondent deposited the original title to the parties advocate on execution of the said agreement and payment of deposit. “
“Further that the balance of Sh7 million was paid to the 2nd defendant vide banker’s cheque on diverse dates as per terms of sale agreement,” ruled Justice Ms L. Gacheru.
The complainant told the court that Muiruri, working with rogue land officials at the Thika Land Registry, cancelled the transfer and title of the property after he made full payment.
The former MP is said to have claimed to have lost the original title deed and even went ahead to advertise it in the Kenya Gazette No. 4031 of July 4, 2018.