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Mumias lease suspended in recent courtroom directive


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Mumias receiver supervisor Ponangipalli Venkata Ramana Rao. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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  • Justice William Musyoka lifted the order a day after issuing the directive after it emerged that it conflicted with one other order one other courtroom issued in December.
  • Kakamega County moved to courtroom on Tuesday and obtained the order, stopping KCB appointed receiver-manager PVR Rao and Tumaz & Tumaz Enterprises, from interfering with operations of Sarrai Group.

The Excessive Court docket in Kakamega has lifted an order that had given Uganda-based firm Sarrai Group the inexperienced gentle to proceed with operations at Mumias Sugar Firm.

Which means that the lease of the miller stands suspended. Justice William Musyoka lifted the order a day after issuing the directive. That is after it emerged that it conflicted with one other order one other courtroom issued in December.

Kakamega County moved to courtroom on Tuesday and obtained the order, stopping KCB appointed receiver-manager PVR Rao and Tumaz & Tumaz Enterprises, which has contested the 20-year-lease, from interfering with operations of Sarrai Group.

Whereas lifting the order, the choose stated he was not knowledgeable of the December 29 order, which suspended the leasing course of. The Decide stated he ‘vacated’ the order, to keep away from the situation of conflicting orders.

“That, the order of 29/12/2021 ought to have been disclosed by the applicant (county authorities) because it can’t probably be in operation on the similar time with the order that I made herein on 11/1/2022,” stated Justice Musyoka.

Sarrai gained the lease after inserting the third-highest bid of Sh11.5 billion within the lease battle, whereas Tumaz & Tumaz positioned the very best with Sh27.6 billion.

Tumaz & Tumaz, by means of lawyer Javier Munzala, later moved to courtroom arguing that Mr Rao failed to provide all of the bidders an open and clear alternative, compromising the integrity, equity and accountability of the method.

Sarrai proceeded with the operations on the miller, prompting Tumaz to file contempt proceedings in opposition to Mr Rao and the house owners of the Ugandan agency.

On Monday, Milimani Excessive Court docket choose Anthony Ndung’u prolonged the order suspending the lease, pending the dedication of the petition filed by Tumaz.

Once they appeared earlier than the choose on Monday, legal professionals couldn’t agree on the established order with Sarrai insisting that that they had began operations by the point the suspension was issued on December 29. However Mr Mwale’s legal professionals stated the leasing stands suspended.

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