• The lead auctioneer on the ground told Mpasho, "We were incapacitated because there was an issue of security which was a major concern for us, so we could not proceed with our job, we have put a hold on everything and that is where we are now."
There was drama at Anerlisa Muigai's posh home in Lavington after auctioneers and cops showed up to obtain her property and attach it to the debt of Kshs. 3,399,148.45.
This amount arose due to a decree by the high court over a defamation lawsuit brought against her by Mwanainchi CEO Dennis Mombo back on October 26, 2020.
Samuel Mutisya of Samumu auctioneers who was on the ground to execute the court order dated April 20, 2022, spoke to Mpasho saying, "I'm here to attach property owned by Anerlisa Muigai on the matter which emanated from a high court warrant against her over an approximate sum of Ksh 3.4m she is to pay from a defamation case."
Adding, "We obtained a court order. We came here with police to supervise unfortunately when we came, we met one politician who intimidated us he even threatened to call goons to throw us out as a result the police were reluctant to stay for us to carry out our job."
Mutisya told Mpasho, "We were incapacitated because there was an issue of security which was a major concern for us, so we could not proceed with our job, we have put a hold on everything and that is where we are now."
Did they get to talk with Anerlisa? "We talked to Anerlisa, but she could not come out to discuss the matter with us."
They could not discuss anything further because they feared for their safety after the cops left.
"We analysed the situation and we did not want to break in, even though we had break-in orders. And the police were also reluctant to supervise that after the politician allegedly called their bosses."
On their next move, the auctioneers said, "We will talk to the lawyer to move to court to get a redress of the matter. Remember court orders are not issued in vain so, at the end of the day, the law must be seen to be obeyed, our presence here was pure to enforce the law."
Messages to Anerlisa for comment went unanswered.