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Auctioneer accused of demolishing Sh80 million property to appear in court today

By Nyaboga Kiage November 24th, 2022 2 min read

A case in which an auctioneer is accused of demolishing a property in Westlands but failed to appear in court on Thursday last week is expected to be mentioned in court today.

Mr Zachary Baraza is expected to appear before the Environment and Lands Court, and the case will be heard by Justice Oscar Angote.

The house belonging to Niraj Sha and his wife Avani Shah was demolished by unknown people, and the police later arrested Mr. Baraza, who claimed he had a court order to evict the family, who have allegedly owned the property for the last 46 years.

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Speaking exclusively to Nairobi News on Thursday, November 24, 2022, Ms. Avani said the case will come up in court today.

“Today there will be a hearing of the auctioneer’s sentencing for the demolition of my house,” she said.

The last time the matter appeared in court, Justice Angote said that Mr Baraza abused his powers as an auctioneer by evicting the family without express orders from the court.

Mr Baraza had been detained by detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after his first arrest, but the court released him on a cash bail of Sh200,000.

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Milimani senior principal magistrate Gilbert Shikwe ordered Mr Zacharia Baraza to deposit the cash bail after rejecting an application by the police to detain him for 14 days as they conclude investigations into the matter.

Shah told the media that on November 4, someone had shown up to the house claiming they had been in ownership since 2010.

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The family said they had a court order dated November 1, 2022, and a notice by the Nairobi council directing that they should not be evicted.

A private company named ‘Lariak Properties’ claimed to have bought the property in 2010 from Metro Pharmaceuticals, raising pertinent questions on how a property with valid ownership documents was transferred to another.

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