“The county government did not behave like civil people. We have already served them with the return of service to attend the next hearing,” stated the Lawyer. County Legal Advisor Edwin Chahilu could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered.
Mwasingo has sued the County Government for deliberately refusing to pay rent for his commercial building totaling to over Sh5.5 million. The county administration which had vacated the premises had hired the retired administrator’s premises in Wundanyi town as offices of the Deputy Governor and other staff. In the application filed at the Voi Principal Magistrate’s Court Civil Case No of 2020 under a certificate of urgency, Mwasingo demanded the county administration compelled to release unpaid rent arrears and renovation costs of his premises totaling to more than Sh5.5 million.
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“The county government (defendant) is deliberately refusing and/or to pay me despite receiving adequate funding from the National Treasury. That, it is highly unconscionable, unfair, undemocratic, and irresponsible for the defendant /respondent not to pay its citizens for goods supplied and/or, services rendered in time. The defendant has endeavored to arm-twist the plaintiff to accept the handing over of his commercial premise, even before the outstanding debt is settled,” stated Lawyer Mwanyumba for the plaintiff. In his application, Mwasingo said he had signed a lease agreement with the county administration on December, 22nd 2016 for three years, effective from January, in respect of the said commercial building standing on plot no 1583 together with buildings and improvements.