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Popular Nairobi club 1824 demolished along Lang’ata road

Popular entertainment joint Club 1824, which is located along Lang’ata Road in Nairobi, was demolished on March 1, 2024.

This brings to an end the entertaining chapter to one of the famous hang out joints in Nairobi.

The event sparked a wave of mixed reactions among social media users, with many expressing dismay over the loss, citing concerns about job security for the club’s employees.

Videos circulated widely on social media platforms captured the chaotic scene as excavators tore down the structures of the nightclub.

Amidst the rubble, employees of the facility could be seen in a frantic rush, attempting to salvage any valuables before they were engulfed by the demolition.

The demolition of Club 1824 comes on the heels of a legal battle involving its owner, Wilson Nahashon Kanani.

Earlier this month, the High Court declined to withdraw legal action freezing assets totaling Sh643.2 million belonging to Kanani.

This decision stemmed from a case initiated by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), which sought to seize Kanani’s assets, including high-end vehicles, residences, properties, and Sh48 million across multiple bank accounts.

Justice Esther Maina, on September 13, 2023, issued an order prohibiting Kanani from dealing with his assets after the EACC raised concerns about the source of his wealth, which he was unable to adequately explain.

The EACC’s lawsuit detailed Kanani’s role as a Development Control Officer II at the Nairobi County government’s Urban Planning Department, earning a monthly salary of Sh88,530 gross or Sh55,866 net.

The nightclub had faced previous closures, notably on December 20, 2023, when uniformed police officers oversaw its shutdown, only for it to reopen subsequently.

On September 25, 2023, Mr. Kanani, represented by his legal counsel, filed an application seeking to lift the interim prohibitory orders issued on September 13, 2023.

The application was orally presented before Justice Nixon Sifuna. In delivering the ruling today, Justice Sifuna dismissed the respondent’s application and opted not to lift the interim orders.

The Court ruled that the orders issued by Justice Maina on September 13, 2023, will remain in effect until the conclusion of the legal proceedings.

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