Nairobi city billionaire Mike Maina’s Marble Arch Hotel is set to be demolished. This is after the tycoon lost a court case against the planned demolition.
The case that had been filed by was dismissed by Justice Lucy Mbugua of the Environment and Land Court on the basis that Maina had not exhausted all dispute resolution channels. The court was of the opinion that he had rushed to the courts.
“It follows that the issues raised by the petitioner sought to be addressed through the dispute resolution mechanisms available under the relevant statutes and in an ordinary suit,” Justice Mbugua ruled.
Maina had moved to court in 2018 after the Nairobi County government under former Governor Mike Sonko threatened to bring the building down.
In his petition to the court Maina had asked that he be declared as the legal owner of the two plots. He also wanted the court to grant him a permanent order, restraining the Nairobi county government from trespassing or demolishing the hotel. The tycoon also sought Sh. 2 million in damages, accusing the Nairobi county officials of trespassing his property.
Maina told the court that he acquired the two plots in 1993 and 1995. He said that he has been running the hotel since 1993 and was using the adjacent plot as a parking lot.
The tycoon also said that had been dutifully paying rates, rent and other approvals and licences for the properties the county government wanted to demolish.