NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11 – The High Court has extended orders restraining the City Council of Nairobi (CCN) from interfering with business operations within the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) grounds.
Commercial Division Judge George Kimondo extended the temporary orders obtained by city lawyer Cecil Miller on behalf of KICC.
The orders, Justice Kimondo, said will remain in force until June 25 when the case will be heard inter-parties.
Last Friday, Justice Rose Ougo directed Officer Commanding Station (OCS) at KICC to enforce the court orders following a dispute pitting the Council and the establishment over a debt of Sh26 million. The Council had been blocking the use of the car parking lot at the popular COMESA grounds within the KICC compound bordering the back of Sheria House, Parliament Road and City Hall Way.
KICC and Nairobi Bottlers Limited have jointly sued the City Council. Nairobi Bottlers operates business within a section of the parking yard.
Miller moved to court after the council took over the parking ground to recover Sh26 million debts owed to it in land rates and threatened to take over the running on June 4.
The court was told that the City 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, and that they had made the council unable to provide basic services and pay wages.
At the same time, Justice Kimondo directed parties to file their written submissions and the plaintiffs to file and serve their papers within seven days.
KICC went to court saying it was preparing to hold the Safari Rally ceremony whose ground is used as a flagging off point, and the refusal to obey the court order is jeopardising the arrangement of the activity.
KICC and Nairobi bottlers have accused the council of continuing to levy parking fees and towing vehicles belonging to the clients of KICC.