Beth Mugo, Devani embroiled in Mombasa property tussle
07 March 2014, 18:10
Nairobi - Nominated
Senator Beth Mugo is at the centre of a land dispute with fugitive Yagnesh
former Health Minister Mugo alleges that the land tussle was resolved by an
inquiry made by the National Environment Management Authority, NEMA in their
favour provoking an appeal by Mr Devani.
made a ruling on the matter on December 20,2007 in favour of Ms Mugo and six
others; Mr John Mbuvi, Mr Nick Mugo, Mr Manga Mugwe, Mr Joel Lesale, Mr Eugene
Chernel and Mr Donatco Fonseca.
Devani has continuously abused the court process to ensure that the dispute is
not determined in a speedy and more efficient manner,” Ms Mugo held.
said that she verily believed that Silvercrest International Limited owned by
Mr Devani has deliberately set out to mislead the court in order to prevent the
ends of justice.
court however granted a consent halting any development on the parcel as it was
an interest to both parties.
advocates have registered a caveat against the title of the property
prohibiting the removal of the restraint until the application filed is heard
and determined,” Justice Nyambura Gacheru said.
disputed land lies along Barracks road in Mombasa with a public access road to
the beach which Devani’s company, Silvercrest, closed leading to the inquiry by
to a NEMA report, the company’s building had 6 floors and posed as a hazard in
time of emergency and also discharged muted waste into the ocean.
dispute erupted way back in 2007 when the then Municipal Council of Mombasa and
the Ministry of Lands conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment headed by
NEMA and concluded that Mr Devani’s company had destroyed the environment with
Mombasa court had ordered payment of fees amounting to 7.4 million to Ms Mugo
with the six others which Mr Devani refused to honour and instead appealed the
Joseph Sergon in his ruling said that he did not find merit in the submissions
made by the Devanis’.
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