Court blocks bid to take over parking lot

The city council will not take over the parking ground at Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi until a dispute over Sh26 million debt is resolved by a court.

High Court Judge George Kimondo on Monday extended the orders issued last week stopping the City Council of Nairobi from interfering or collecting fees from the parking lot overlooking Parliament Buildings.

The Judge further directed that the parties file and exchange documents to be used during the hearing on June 26.

The orders extended by Judge Kimondo were issued by Lady Justice Rose Ougo last Friday when KICC’s lawyer Cecil Miller filed an urgent application.

Lady Justice Ougo directed that the police boss at the KICC Police Station enforces the court orders.

She ordered the city council and its agents not to interfere with the business of KICC on the parking ground bordering Sheria House, Parliament Road and City Hall Way.

KICC and Nairobi Bottlers Ltd have jointly sued the city council.

Nairobi Bottlers operates business within a section of the parking yard.

Mr Miller moved to court after the council took over the parking ground to recover Sh26 million debt owed to it in land rates and threatened to take over the running of KICC on June 4.

The court was told that the council had continued breaching a court order issued despite being notified on June 6 of the existence of the court directions. The case was initially filed in 2010.

While taking over the parking ground, Nairobi Town Clerk Roba Duba claimed that government institutions were the greatest defaulters and that they had made the council unable to provide basic services and pay wages.

Mr Duba said the debt had accrued from the late 1990s during the Kanu regime and that for more than a decade, the KICC had not remitted money to settle the debt it owes the council in unpaid land rates.

Posted by the DAILY NATION - Monday, June 11 2012