Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Creditors storm PNU offices to demand payment! Is It Any Wonder?

Published on February 21, 2008, 12:00 am


By Joseph Murimi

Creditors stormed PNU offices for the second time demanding more than Sh60 million.

The creditors jammed the PNU office on Lenana Road and blocked the entrance with their vehicles, demanding audience with Mr Lee Karuri of Kibaki Tena, whom they accused of giving them false promises.

A businessman, Mr Sammy Mucheru, who supplied 40 vehicles for use in the campaigns, said he was owed Sh6 million and his financiers were now pursuing him.

Mucheru, who displayed a demand letter from a bank seeking to recover a Sh3.3 million loan, said he was initially owed Sh7 million, but was paid one million after the last protest.

Mucheru who operates a travel company — Easyride Car Hire and Safaris — said Karuri made promises to pay them, but never did so.

Another company, Arnet, that printed polling registers for nominations is demanding Sh2.6 million and a female trader who supplied lesos is demanding Sh3.3 million while Badge Masters is demanding Sh600,000.

Others supplied various items such as T-shirts, posters, banners, fliers and consultancy services but are yet to be paid nearly two months after the General Election.

Efforts to reach Karuri were unsuccessful, but the PNU deputy Executive Director, Major (rtd) Francis Matu, said efforts were being made to pay the creditors.

Matu said he had spoken to Karuri who had promised that the creditors would be paid by the end of the week.

"The matter is being dealt with urgently. They will be paid by the end of the week,’’ Matu said at the PNU offices.

He said the delay in payments might have been occasioned by the problems the country had faced and asked the traders to be calm as their issue was being sorted out.

The creditors threatened to camp at the office until Karuri or any other senior PNU official addressed them.
Courtesy of Achie W.-USA

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