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Ndung'u Gethenji freed after arrest over Kitisuru property row

Saturday October 19 2019

Former Tetu MP James Ndung’u Gethenji

Former Tetu MP James Ndung’u Gethenji. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

RICHARD MUNGUTI
By RICHARD MUNGUTI
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Police have released former Tetu legislator James Ndung’u Gethenji from custody following his arrest on Friday at his home in Kitisuru, Nairobi County.

They did not immediately disclose the reasons for the arrest but his lawyer on Saturday confirmed that it was linked to a property ownership row pitting the former Jubilee Party lawmaker against his elder brother Gitahi Gethenji.

Mr Ndung’u is the controlling shareholder of Kihingo Village (Waridi Gardens) Limited (KVWGL) and Kihingo Village (Waridi) Management One Limited (KVWGMOL), which owns the high-end estate.

He and Gitahi have been fighting over management of the Sh20 billion property.

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Ndung'u was released after 10pm on Friday on a police bond of Sh20,000 after recording a statement.

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Police asked him to report to Nairobi Area CID offices at 6.30am on Tuesday for further instructions.

The police officers also released Ndung'u's four employees who were arrested on Thursday night and locked up at Pangani Police Station.

They were released on a free bond after being questioned on the events of Thursday night at Kihingo Village (Waridi Gardens) Limited (KVWGL).

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Speaking to the Nation by phone, lawyer Willis Otieno said Ndung'u was questioned on the management of KVWGL and the wrangles between him and owners of houses in the upmarket estate.

“Mr Gethenji told police that house owners in the posh estate are supposed to follow rules and guidelines of the management of KVWGL and if dissatisfied they should sell their houses and leave instead of ganging up with his elder brother to mess the company,” Mr Otieno said.

The lawyer, who has been defending Ndung'u in the management cases pending at the Milimani Commercial and Land courts, said the former MP was mandated to control and manage the estate.

Ndung'u claimed his brother has teamed up with some house owners to flout the rules of KVWGL.

According to the rules, house owners are given shares in the company during their 99-year lease holds.