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Passaris to settle out of court

A businesswoman has opted for an out-of-court settlement with the government over her street lighting business.

Ms Esther Passaris, who is also the director of Adopt-a-Light Ltd, had earlier argued that Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) was planning to destroy part of her business in spite of a contract.

KeNHA in response said the lighting stands were targeted for removal because they had been erected on road reserves.

However, following consent, Ms Passaris and KeNHA through their lawyers told Judge Weldon Korir on Tuesday that they had reached an out-of-court settlement.

The case was filed in court in December 2012 after a KeNHA advert in dailies which showed intention to do away with billboards and other structures.

“We were later surprised when on December 28, 2012 some of our billboards were marked with crosses by KeNHA as a sign of intended pulling down,” said Ms Passaris.

Her main concern was that customers would refuse to make payments to her company.