Prime Minister’s Daughter in Property Dispute with a Kisumu Asian Tycoon
By Shem Kosse
One of the daughters of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Rosemary Adhiambo
Odinga, is embroiled in a serious property tussle with a wealthy Kisumu asian tycoon, Karim Surani.
At the centre of the controversy is a hotel, operating under the flagship, New Rozy Lodge, which is home to over 20 rooms, and said to be worth millions of shillings.
Early this week, marauding youths alleged to have been hired, and working
under instructions from the PM’s daughter, stormed the hotel, situated in the heart of the lake side city, and clobbered guests with crude weapons, ejecting some of the unsuspecting guests from bed, culminating in scores of injuries.
Sources who talked to this writer confided how the goons, numbering about 50,
unleashed their anger on the hotel caretaker, Mr. David Onjiri, who was punched and whipped severally ,when he questioned the legitimacy of the barbaric operation.
According to documents within our possession, the property belongs to the late
Alice Akoth Okongo and her husband Hezbon Onyuro, but they rented it out to Nazir Surani, who in the long run developed an interest to buy it, but the duo seemed to have contravened the initial agreements, thus impacting negatively on the purchase.
In one of the letters written by Nazir Surani’s advocate, Mitchell JB Menezes, ref 156/4456/m, dated 9/9/09, read, “our client paid monies towards purchase of the above cited property. The vender ,Alice Okonyo who is the registered owner, did not perform her part of the agreement. As such our client lodged a caution against the property, claiming purchaser’s interests”.
It’s imperative and instructive to note that Nazir handed the business to his brother Karim, who in the course of running the business, realized some interference, which made him to do a property search and realized that a new owner had emerged by the name of Miss Rosemary Adhiambo Odinga, title No.7/148.
Sensing danger, Karim moved to court and got two orders, dated 2nd/12/2009,
barring Rosemary Odinga from interfering, and another barring Alice Okongo and Hesbon Onyuro for the same, in a tribunal case No. 73/2009 and 58/2008, in Kisumu High court.
All the court process have been ignored by Rosemary Adhiambo Odinga and
her agents, and fencing is being done to pave way for demolition and a new construction.