President Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal assistant Jomo Gecaga has moved to court seeking to stop his landlord from letting auctioneers sell-off his property over rent arrears.

Gecaga has through a company called JSTA Limited submitted to the courts to stop GemInvest Limited from evicting him from an apartment on Riverside Drive, Nairobi.

Through lawyer Anthony Gikaria, he said business challenges occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic trampled over JSTA's ability to pay up rent leaving him with arrears amounting to Ksh950,000.

Gecaga's company tenancy agreement with GemInvest LTD since March 28, 2014 has now expired.

The company in their submission to the courts says the imposition of tough containment strategies by the international community and the government that hurt local and global trade.

It has asked the court to restrain GEM from harassing, illegally evicting the tenant, or interfering with the tenancy agreement. 

"We had indicated our commitment going forward to at least pay on a monthly basis Sh250,000 commencing September to December while awaiting the resumption of normalcy," says JSTA.

The court papers indicate GEM issued JSTA with a tenancy termination notice on September 17. The notice indicated that JSTA should clear outstanding rent of Sh950,000, renovate the apartment and vacate the house by September 30.

The notice letter is copied to Susan Mboya Kidero, wife of the former Nairobi County Governor. 

"We hereby request that you vacate the premises not later than 30 September due to inability to fulfil payment of rental obligation as was agreed on following your request on rent reduction, and to date, you have an outstanding balance of Sh950,000," the letter reads.