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Law firm sues City Hall over Sh724m bill

A law firm that represented Nairobi city county in a case has sued City Hall for non payment of legal fees amounting to sh 724, 197, 078.

Prof Tom Ojienda and Associates had represented City Hall in a case in which Karen and Langata residents had sued the county government over newly imposed property rates.

In its court papers on Monday, the firm said it had not been paid as of August 26, 2015.

And Nairobi Senator Gideon Mbuvi Sonko has also filed an application supporting the firm’s suit against the City Hall over the bill.

The Karen and Langata property owners’ case was combined with two other cases by Kaputei Gardens Association and Senator Sonko since both of them were contesting the doubling of land rates to 34 per cent of unimproved site value (USV).

The increase was made through the Nairobi City County Finance Act 2013. All the three parties said it was illegal and cited several irregularities in the manner it was formulated and approved.

The county won the case after the High Court declared that a 1999 court order exempting the residents associations from the fees was no longer applicable.