Track star Komen lodges Sh150m fraud case against Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker
The Sh150 million fraud case involving double World Indoor 1,500m silver medalist athlete, Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, and Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker, Isaac Terer, began at the High Court in Eldoret on Thursday.
The athlete, through his lawyers Joshua Maritim, Edgar Wambilianga and Elvis Majani tabled documents before the Environment and Lands court, Judge Anthony Ombwayo indicating that Mr Terer acted as his lawyer and financial manager in purchasing land from Pauls Cookiesman within Eldoret town.
Mr Komen argues that he entered an agreement with Pauls Cookiesman to buy the land but Mr Terer did not transfer the property to him despite making full payments for the property.
His lawyers said that the athlete stands to incur heavy losses if the land is transferred to a third party and wants the court to freeze Mr Terer’s bank accounts pending determination of the case.
Mr Komen indicates in the court papers that he invested Sh12 million to purchase the land in 2008 but it has never been transferred to him.
Mr Terer, who was represented by lawyer Bernard Kiprono Langat, told the court that he requires more time to study the court documents.
However, Judge Ombwayo directed the athlete’s layers to serve Pauls Cookiesman with copies of application of the case in the next seven days to enable him appear in court.
“I direct that Pauls Cookiesman who is the second respondent in this case be served with copies of plaintiff’s application within seven days,” said Justice Ombwayo.
The matter shall be mentioned for further direction in December 2, 2016.
The athlete moved to court to recover property valued at Sh150m that he accuses the Uasin Gishu speaker of swindling him.
He claims that although he bought the land from Pauls Cookiesman, Mr Terer secretly inserted his name on the sale agreement to indicate that they are joint buyers of the property.
According to the sale agreement dated April 21, 2008, Komen and Terer jointly bought a parcel of land L.R. Mo. 12448/7 and L.R. No. 12448/8 for Sh12 million.
The Uasin Gishu County Assembly is expected to debate Mr Tere’s conduct on Friday afternoon.