In Summary
  • A different court recently found Mr Jirongo unable to pay a Sh700 million debt and allowed an application that he be declared bankrupt.

  • Mr Jirongo had in court papers admitted receiving Sh100 million last August from Mr Atwoli, which was payable in 50 days, with an additional Sh10 million interest.

Former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo has run into more trouble after the High Court found that he is personally liable to pay Sh110 million to Cotu boss Francis Atwoli.

A different court recently found Mr Jirongo unable to pay a Sh700 million debt and allowed an application that he be declared bankrupt.

On Thursday, Justice Francis Tuiyot ruled that the former presidential candidate had, in an agreement entered into with Mr Atwoli, who had advanced him a Sh100 million friendly loan, accepted that the Cotu boss could enforce repayment against him personally, plus Sh10 million interest.

Mr Jirongo had in court papers admitted receiving Sh100 million last August from Mr Atwoli, which was payable in 50 days, with an additional Sh10 million interest.

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The former influential Nyayo-era politician, however, stated that the agreement had provided that the money would be recovered from money the Nairobi City County owes his company, Kuza Farms and Allied Ltd. He wanted Mr Atwoli to wait until the company is paid, or the Cotu boss to go after the county.

Justice Tuiyot in his ruling dismissed that line of argument saying: “In the face of the unequivocal acceptance of August 10, 2016, by Mr Jirongo to be personally liable for the advanced sums, he cannot shift liability to Kuza.”

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