The National Social Security Fund has won a legal battle over the control of it’s parking lot in Kenyatta Avenue which has a capacity of 455. An appeal by NSSF was upheld by Justice Samson Okongo and dismissed an application by two firms that were challenging the decision by NSSF to choose another firm to run the parking lot.
The disagreement started in the year 2006 when NSSF chose Hamso Agencies Limited to take over from Value Zone Limited as the parking lot abettor leading to two other firms that had been subcontracted to appeal the decision. In the ruling dated February 14, Justice Okongo permitted the appeal by NSSF to set aside the orders made by the Rent Tribunal, which had restrained it from taking over the parking lot.
The court was informed that in 2013, NSSF entered into an agreement with Value Zone Limited. Afterwards, Value Zone Limited subcontracted two firms of Sokomania and Lulu to administer and amass the parking fees on it’s behalf. The contract between Value Zone Limited and NSSF expired on December 31st 2017 and so did the contract between Value Zone and the two other firms subcontracted. Preceding the expiry of the said contract, NSSF had chosen Hamso Agencies to take over the management of the parking lot from 1st January 2016.
Even though Value Zone informed the other two subcontracted firms to vacate the premise and pave way for the new contracted firm to take over, the two firms; Sokomania and Lulu refused and went ahead to file an appeal before the Business Rent Tribunal. The tribunal acknowledged orders restraining NSSF from evicting the two firms impending hearing and determination of the case propelling NSSF to move to the High Court.