Auctioneers stormed the Kilimani home of Keroche heiress Anerlisa Muigai on Wednesday, May 18 and carted away property in a bid to recover an unpaid debt.
Muigai’s efforts to stop the auction ultimately proved futile.
The auction was tied to a case which infamously played out in court and social media.
Details of the matter surfaced in a 2018 court case, in which lender Mwananchi Credit and one of its directors Dennis Mwangeka Mombo took on Muigai seeking damages for defamation. They were aggrieved by social media posts put up by Anerlisa in which she alleged that Mombo sought to use the company to defraud her.
General damages of Ksh2,500,000 were awarded to Mr. Mombo. The court found that some of Anerlisa’s statements were ‘extremely defamatory’ to him.
According to the suit paper, “She defaulted in servicing the loan leading to the institution of HCCC No. 357 of 2017 which was referred for mediation; that when the suit was pending mediation, the defendant negligently and recklessly published on social media namely her Facebook and Instagram platforms untrue allegations against the plaintiffs which were defamatory.
That the publications against the plaintiffs in their natural and ordinary meaning meant and were understood to mean inter alia that the 1st plaintiff company was incorporated to carry out fraudulent business under the guise of a lending institution.
That the 2nd plaintiff is a fraudster who uses his company to defraud people and he had colluded with one Ben Kangangi to defraud the defendant of KShs.20,000,000.”
Following the suit, a decree by the high court was signed by the deputy registrar on October 26, 2020, reads: ” That the judgment be and is hereby entered in favour of the 2nd Plaintiff (Dennis Mombo) against the Defendant (Anerlisa) in the sum of Ksh 2,500,000.”
Adding that “the amount will attract interest from 14th November 2019 until payment in full.”
At the time, Muigai claimed that a former friend had lured and defrauded her into signing on for a Ksh13 million loan. Some of her high-end vehicles were placed as security.
Muigai is also an entrepreneur behind the Nero executive water brand. It caters to the high-end market, including corporate events and clubs.
She founded Nero in 2013 on her return to Kenya after completion of her studies in the US. Nero describes itself as a premier luxury beverage brand.
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