Former Nairobi beauty queen and her boyfriend are engaged in fierce court battle over a business they allegedly co-own. Sylvia Wambui, 28, claims her lover of four years, businessman Daniel Kimani, has pushed her out of their business-which reportedly brings in Sh18 million per month.
In 2014, the Australian university trained Wambui, then 24, flew back to Kenya and fell in love with Daniel Kimani, a rich Kiambu-based businessman. Kimani and Wambui allegedly started living together in a house at Nairobi’s Four Ways Junction area.
Kimani was running a multi-million shilling micro-finance, while Wambui was running her father’s Ridgeways Hotel, popularly known as The Yard, along Kiambu Road.
Prestigious ridge ways
Police said the two registered a company, Bebabdis Limited, in which they also included one of their friends, and freight engineer, Ruth Wanjiru Maigua, who is Kimani’s niece.
The company then took over the running of the prestigious Ridge Ways Hotel - The Yard along Kiambu road on a 60:20: 20 shareholding basis. Kimani owned the largest number of shares, while Wambui and Wanjiru held 20 shares each. The land on which the hotel is built has an estimated value of Sh300 million.
According to police, matters came to a head after their love turned sour in August this year. Kimani has denied trying to steal the hotel from Wambui, instead accusing her of trying to steal the hotel from him.
Kimani is accusing Wambui’s family of plotting to forge company documents purporting that both him and Wanjiru had transferred all their shares to her, accusations Wambui has vehemently denied.
Kimani reported the matter at the Muthaiga Police Station, referenced as OB Number 44/20/09/2018.Police say they arrested Wambui , who was later arraigned in a Kinangop court for allegedly forging documents to claim ownership of a hotel belonging to his ex fiancé.
She however did not take plea. The magistrate ordered that she be remanded at Engineer Police Station. An affidavit signed by Kimani states that the hotel rakes in Sh18 million in a month and that Wambui is now managing the hotel. Kariuku and Wambui have been fighting to claim ownership in court.The case will be heard on November 12.
Kimani is currently embroiled in a Sh92 million fraud case that has seen the government of Denmark put pressure on the Kenyan government to help recover millions of shillings that have reportedly been lost by Danish investment firm MYC4 through its local partner, Kenya Entrepreneurship Empowerment Foundation (KEEF), a company owned and run by Kimani.
“It has come to the attention of the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya that the Danish micro-finance provider MYC4 A/S is involved in a legal dispute with a KEEF official, Daniel Kimani, a Kenyan citizen.
“He is suspected of fraud and investigations are ongoing. We wish to inform you that the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya is following the matter closely and supports its just conclusion according to the laws of Kenya.
“We note that the Banking Fraud Investigations Department and the Criminal Investigation Department are involved in settling the case,” said the letter to the DCI by Danish ambassador Mette Knudsen dated October 27.
Ms Wambui won the Nairobi beauty pageant in 2014 and was later engaged to marry Kimani, 42. The two were planning a ruracio on September 29, 2018, but things took an ugly turn days to the traditional wedding event.
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