A dull start for new month for Simmers bar and restaurant in Nairobi as it is shut down

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,2ND MARCH 2018-It is a dark start to the month of March for the owners of the Simmers Restaurant in Nairobi’s CBD  after Police on Friday evening removed furniture and everything stocked at the business establishment .

It is not clear what led to the decision to shut down the business owned by  former Kimilili MP Suleiman Murunga.

“The police have stormed here, and instead of being an arbiter they have come with orders that have not even been served on me. This is impunity!”

Property tussle

Upesinews understands that Mr Murunga  has for some time now been  engaged in a fight for the plot with the family of former Finance minister Arthur Magugu, which says it co-owns the property with Nilestar Holdings Limited.

The case has been in court since 2014 with Murunga maintaining that  the ownership of the plot by Nilestar lapsed when its 99-year lease ended in December 2009 and therefore the  company has no right to demand rent for the  past three years.

Mr Murunga told the court he applied and received allotment letter on November 3, 2011 from the Commissioner of Lands after paying Sh2.4 million but Nilestar’s lease renewal bid in October 2009 was allegedly rejected.

Court case

The case goes back to January 2014 where Murunga through  court said he owned the premises he has rented for years on grounds that he was awarded the property in 2011 by the Commissioner of Lands after Nilestar’s lease expired four years ago.

He moved to court seeking a restraining order against Nilestar Holdings which in mid-December threatened to evict Simmers from the prime property  which is situated at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and Mundi Mbingu Street over Sh1.62 million rent arrears.

On Friday, Mr Murunga said the case was still ongoing.

“The case is not over,” he said.

The restaurant has also been facing problems with the county government over land rates.

 

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