Man threatens to auction county hospital over rent

Man threatens to auction county hospital over rent

Murang’a County Government now risks auctioning over alleged failure to pay rent for Kenneth Matiba Hospital in Kenol area.

According to George Wainaina, the proprietor of the building, the county government owes him 8.4 million shillings in arrears for seven and half months starting February 2016.

In a letter seen by Citizen Digital and addressed to Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, dated August 17th, 2016, Wainaina indicates that he will be moving to court to claim his dues and particularly repossession of the building.

Wainaina further says that the county government has never settled the rent on time which in turn has put him at logger heads with the bank where he acquired a loan facility to finance the premises where the hospital stands.

Wainaina now says he cannot trust the county government again adding that he will be seeking orders for an auction as his earlier efforts to recover  7.2 million shillings, which was in arrears for two quarters in 2015, were thwarted by the county government administration when the county lawyers argued that you cannot auction a government.

The proprietor intimated how his advocates have been frustrated forcing him to make personal contact with the Governor, whom he says does not respond positively.

Wainaina is now preparing to seek court orders to compel the county government to settle dues for the entire lease period, running for 5 years since August 1, 2014.

Wainaina further intimates that Governor Wa Iria approached him in person to lease the building.

“Now, he always sends me to the finance department where I find people who ask for kickbacks before paying rent,” Wainaina lamented.

Efforts to reach the County Executive Committee Member for health were unsuccessful as phone calls went unanswered.

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Story By Wangui Ngechu
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