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Auctioneer contracted to evict Uhuru’s nephew, embroiled in controversial property saga

By Nyaboga Kiage November 9th, 2022 2 min read

An auctioneer who in 2020 was contracted to evict former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal assistant Mr Jomo Gechaga had again found himself in yet another controversial property deal.

Nairobi News can reveal that Mr Zack Baraza who in the last elections contested for the Bungoma County Governorship Seat on a United Democratic Party (UDP) which is linked to businessman Cyrus Jirongo last week on Friday, November 4, 2022, also auctioned a British national from his father’s land.

Contacted by Nairobi News, Mr Baraza who runs Siuma Auctioneers said that it was his company that was awarded the contract to evict Mr Niraj Shah, 54, a British National from a property he inherited from his late father.

“Yes, we were hired to carry out the eviction by one of our clients. I’m in the middle of something let me call back later,” said Mr Baraza when contacted by Nairobi News.

He never called back thereafter.

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In the new details which Nairobi News is privy to, Mr Shah is now planning to move to court and sue after his house located in Westlands along School Lane street was demolished by rowdy youth led by the auctioneer.

On Wednesday last week, just two days before the unlawful demolition took place, three top police officers driving in a police land cruiser of registration number GKB 159W went to the premises located in a posh neighbourhood and handed over a court order that plans were underway to have the house demolished.

Nairobi News cannot expose the names of the three senior officers due to legal issues and the sensitivity of the matter.

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The company that contracted Mr Baraza to conduct the eviction is known as Lariak Properties Limited is owned by four individuals who are; Nathaniel Kipkemboi, Samuel Chepkwony, John Rotich and Joel Kiplang’at.

It is worth noting that the same auctioneering company two years ago was thrust into the limelight after it was hired by former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to evict Mr Jomo Gecaga who is former President Uhuru’s nephew from his apartment over rent arrears.

In October 2020, Mr Baraza’s company was tasked with kicking out Mr Gechaga at a time when he was working for the country’s most powerful man.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta's nephew and Personal Assistant Jomo Gecaga. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nephew and Personal Assistant Jomo Gecaga. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO

In a letter penned to Siuma Auctioneers, Mr Kidero said that a company known as JSTA Limited owed him rent arrears amounting to Sh1.35 million.

The company is associated with Jomo’s father, Udi Gecaga.

He was to pay the arrears of five months from May 2020 to September 2020 which totaled to sh950,000. In addition, he was to pay a security deposit equivalent to Sh400,000.

The row was triggered by a notice seeking to pay the halved rent of Sh250, 000 beyond September to December 2020 and a push to forego paying an additional lease fee of Sh950,000.

JSTA Ltd, which is associated with Jomo’s father Udi, is seeking to block its eviction from Gem Suites Riverside apartments.

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