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Kidero sued over non-payment of Sh15m City Hall refurbishment fees

COUNTIES
By Caroline Rwenji | July 10th 2015

An architectural firm now wants a court to compel Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to pay over Sh15 million for rehabilitation work done at City Hall 10 years ago.

Nguyo Ngibuini of Ngibuini Associates and Consulting Architects went to court seeking to have the Nairobi County Government compelled to pay the fee for services rendered after the building was gutted by fire.

The firm through lawyer Gikandi Ngibuini said the architectural firm sued the county government in 2012 over non-payment and received orders on February 12, this year compelling them to pay the firm Sh15.6 million for services rendered.

Mr Ngibuini filed the suit against Dr Kidero (pictured) and his finance department manager Luke Gatimu yesterday for failing to comply with the court decree to pay the amount, which has accrued interest.

Gikandi said the county did not appeal against the judgement, nor did they make the payments as directed by the court.

"The Nairobi City County Government did not file an appeal challenging the judgement that was delivered by the court on February 12, 2015," Gikandi said.

The governor and his finance manager, the lawyer further said, have been served with all necessary court papers requiring them to comply with the court orders.

"The respondents (Kidero and Gatimu) have decided not to do anything about the matter thus making this application necessary," he said.

Failure to pay, he maintained, as directed by the court is causing them losses.

Gikandi said the court noted that the contract between the county government and the architectural company was valid and that they performed their obligations in accordance to the contract.

"The company had rendered its services and expended money on the consultancy but has been deprived of the said sum of money by the default of the county council to pay," the judgement read in part.

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