Former Tetu Member of Parliament, Ndungu Gethenji was on Wednesday, November 11, charged in court for causing a disturbance at the multibillion Kihingo estate, in Kitisuru, Nairobi County.
Gethenji, alongside four others, was charged for breaking the estate’s central security door and chasing away the security guards on October 29, 2019.
The estate also referred to as Waridi Gardens, is one of Nairobi’s most prestigious addresses and attracts elite tenants among them Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru and Radio Africa Group’s Convergence Director, William Pike.
There are 55 housing units on a 37-acre plot with each unit reported to be worth Ksh400 million.
The former MP and his co-accused denied the charges pitted against them, adding on to the myriad of cases involving the control of the multibillion property.
Magistrate Ochoi released the suspects on a cash bail of Ksh10,000 and the case was adjourned to November 25.
Gethenji and his brother Gitahi Gethenji are involved in a highly publicized dispute that has seen some of the tenants take sides in the battle for the control of the estate’s shared grounds and monthly service charges paid by homeowners.
Kihingo Village was built on a piece of land belonging to their father, the late Joseph Augustine Gethenji, who once served as a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour in Former President Moi’s government.
After the houses were built and sold, the two brothers fell out over the control of the top seat of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that would be in charge of the common areas including the exclusive clubhouse inside the estate.
A section of tenants sided with Gitahi, accusing Ndung’u of taking monopoly in running of the gated estate’s common areas.
The High Court on Monday, November 2, ruled that both brothers would have equal control over the SPV managing the estate’s clubhouse and other shared facilities.
Earlier on, the High Court had given direction declaring that neither of the two brothers can administer the estate nor have authority over the firm managing the posh residential homes.
Commercial Court judge Justice David Majanja denied the duo the powers to appoint directors of the management firm as neither of them was a majority shareholder.