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Court prevents Kenya Airways from deporting 748 Air Services

Following on from a real estate dispute between Kenya Airways and 748 Air Services, a Kenyan court reversed an earlier order and ordered the national carrier to stop evicting its Nairobi tenant Jomo Kenyatta.

748 Air Services, on July 26, filed a lawsuit against Kenya Airways for malicious damage worth millions of shillings and harassment of its employees. It came after Kenya Airways won a deportation order on July 16 against 748 Air Services in Milimani Commercial Courts in Nairobi, which a judge ordered the JKIA Airport Police Station to enforce.

In a turnaround, another judge at Milimani Commercial Court issued a temporary injunction on July 26, banning Kenya Airways from deporting any more 748 Air Services pending an inter-partes hearing of the dispute (Inter-partes means the two parties will have notice of the hearing and are both required to attend). The court also asked the airport police chief to ensure compliance with the new order, reports The Citizen.

According to a sworn statement from 748 Air Services chief executive Moses Mwangi, the company had not received an eviction order.

However, armed police raided the disputed premises of 748 Plaza on Airport North Road in Embakasi on Friday, July 23. In doing so, they broke the glass door at the entrance to the premises and damaged the furniture and office fittings. This had disrupted normal operations and left the airline with significant losses. “The actions of the plaintiff have caused and continue to cause great losses to our business,” Mwangi said. After the raid, staff were unable to locate important documents, files and machinery. premises from the start of our lease on February 1, 2021, until the applicant and their agents raided our offices on July 23, 2021, ”he said.

According to Mwangi, 748 Air Services paid the rent for the premises to the previous occupant, African Airlines International (AIK, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta).

Meanwhile, 748 Air Services said all of its flights continued to operate and urged customers to make reservations online and through its downtown office.

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