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Billionaire Jimi Wanjigi Entangled In A Sh400m Land Row in Westlands

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Billionaire Jimi Wanjigi and his wife Irene have been sued in court for attempting to defraud a woman her Sh400 million piece of land located at the junction of General Mathenge and Peponi roads, Westlands, Nairobi.

The two were taken to environment and land court by Ms Cissy Kalunde Musembi who said the Wanjigis through their company known as Aureum Ltd are keen on acquiring and selling her 0.818-acre piece of land.

“I am an innocent third-party buyer of the property. I face threats and egregious prejudice by Mr Wanjigi and his wife who hold parallel titles over the property,” Ms Cissy Musembi says in the notice of motion filed in court last week.

She further says that titles held by the Wanjigis does not tally with what was issued by the chief land registrar.

She says a company known as Horizon Hills Ltd was incorporated on November 24, 2006, yet the transfer form of the property from the original owners – Velji Premchand Dodhia and Himanshu Velji Dodhia – to Aureum Ltd was lodged just 13 days later.

She further accuses the Wanjigis of forging the signatures of Horizon Hills Ltd directors – Mohamed Hussein Noorani, Zahre Kaneez Noorani and Mohamed Hasanali.

She blames the office of the Attorney-General and the DCI for colluding with Aureum Ltd to take her piece of land.

Cissy Musembi wants the court to cancel titles held by the Wanjigis and the two restrained from offering for sale any portion of the property until the case is heard and determined.

What’s surprising is that the records at the Central Registry show the property belongs to Ms Musembi, who acquired it on November 7, 2018.

According to her, she bought the property from Horizon Hills Ltd, which was incorporated on July 2, 2004 and which has Mr Henry Njoroge Njenga, Mr David Njenga, Mr Samson Kuria and Mr Samuel Njuguna Chege as directors.

Cissy Musembi says she bought the property for Sh220 million after due diligence was conducted by Wambua and Maseno Advocates.

Wanjigis through their company, Aureum Ltd, says they bought a majority of Horizon Hills shares thus acquiring the property in question too.

As a proof that Aureum Ltd is only keen on defrauding Cissy Kalunde Musembi of her property, they produced two fake transfer documents. One such document was presented at the ministry on December 5, 2004, a Sunday, two years before Aureum Ltd came into existence. The other was presented at the ministry for valuation on January 21, 2007 also a Sunday.

“Kindly note that government offices…do not work on Sunday. It is clear the original copy of the transfer document and the counterpart are not genuine,” a letter dated April 8, 2020 from the ministry denounced the two documents by Wanjigis.

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