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Investors get nod to repossess disputed Sh1b Watamu resort

Murimi Mutiga @murimimutiga

A Kenyan and Italian investor have been allowed to repossess the controversial Sh1 billion Temple Point Resort in Watamu. Ownership of the hotel has been subject to court battles for more than seven years between the two and a German investor.

Kenya’s Isaac Rodrot and Stefanie Uccelli (pictured) said they had followed all the legal processes to ensure they take over their property smoothly from Hans Jurgen Langer.

However, it emerged that the handing over may not be that smooth after they claimed that the other party was allegedly planning to use goons to prevent them from accessing the hotel.

Uccelli claimed that Langer together with a former Member of County Assembly (MCA) from Watamu wanted to use goons to ensure they are unable to access the hotel on Wednesday.

“We have served the notice of take over on Wednesday,” he said. Uccelli said the court order was clear and was delivered by a senior judge directing Langer to hand over the hotel as he obtained it fraudulently using a foreign judgment. “The judge said Langer used fraud system to obtain the hotel,” he added.

On January 4, Malindi high court directed that the two judgments one issued by the Court of Appeal and the other delivered on April 30, 2015 be enforced. The hotel had changed name from Salama Beach hotel Limited to Temple Point Resort.

Ucceli said the current management was trying to create confusion that the hotel was not Salama beach but Temple Point resort so as to block them from accessing the property.

Rodrot said they do not want to interfere with the hotel name, clients and workers and expect the handover process to be smooth. However, current management has dismissed claims that the hotel will change hands.

Ian Langer an assistant director of the resort said the hotel remains their property and is still in operation. He said those who claim to be planning to take over the resort were misleading clients that the hotel shall close down to change ownership.

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