1.6B Debt Giving CS Tuju Sleepless Nights

KEY POINTS:

  • Raphael Tuju owes EADB a whopping 1.6 billion.
  • Tuju loan was for the development of the 12 luxury homes worth Sh1.2 billion has fallen behind schedule, setting the stage for defaults and asset seizures.
  • This has forced Tuju to move to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to sack a judge presiding over the case accusing him of favouring EADB.

Cabinet Secretary Raphael Tuju is having sleepless nights over a 1.6 billion debt he owes regional lender East African Development Bank (EADB).

EADB is demanding Sh1.6 billion from Tuju following a botched loan deal that saw the regional lender offer Dari a $9.3 million (Sh943.9million)

The loans were for the construction of Sh100 million two-storey, flat-roofed bungalows sitting on a 20-acre forested land dubbed Entim Sidai and purchase of a 94-year-old bungalow built by a Scottish missionary, Dr Albert Patterson, which currently operates as a high-end restaurant.

But the development of the 12 luxury homes worth Sh1.2 billion has fallen behind schedule, setting the stage for defaults and asset seizures.

Mr Tuju blamed EADB for the delayed construction of the homes after the lender declined to provide additional money for building the luxury houses in breach of the loan agreement.

Mr Tuju accused EADB of disbursing Sh932.7million instead of the agreed Sh943.9 million, adding that the bank had reneged on the plan to offer Sh294 million for building the luxury homes for sale.

This has forced Tuju to move to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to sack a judge presiding over the case.

Mr Tuju’s firm, Dari Ltd, was placed under receivership in January over debt owed to EADB, although the politician has appealed the decision.

“Throughout the proceedings in this matter, the judge has exhibited favouritism towards EADB and bias against Dari Ltd and its directors. This is evidence from the judge’s failure to act judiciously in matters that prejudice Dari Ltd and its directors,” Mr Tuju says.

Mr Tuju’s lawyers Paul Muite and Paul Nyamodi Monday urged Justice Kasango to recuse herself from hearing contempt proceedings brought against their client, citing the petition seeking her removal.

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