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State Ordered to pay Royal Media Services Sh120 million

The Kenyan government will now have to pay Royal Media Services (RMS) a total sum of Sh120 million for unpaid advertisements offered to the defunct Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC).

The money that dates back to 15 years ago will be Sh104.8 million plus an additional 12pc interest down from the 19pc that S.K. Macharia, who owns the media company had insisted.

RMS was only paid Sh15.1 million after completing the job before the CKRS was dissolved on December 25, 2005, after it prepared a draft review of Kenya’s Constitution.

RMS then filed the matter and entered into dialogue with the government coming to an agreement that the state would pay the media house Sh104,895,667.

The media company, however, disagreed with the state during the mediation on the amount of interest to be paid and when to commence its application.

After careful analysis of the witness statement and documents, the judge said it was his finding that RMS has not established or proved that the interest rate pleaded in the plaint (19pc) was grounded on any agreement between the parties.

“I, therefore, reject that as an aspect of the claim and find that the plaintiff is not entitled to interest prior to the filing of the suit,” he stated while ordering the Attorney-General (AG) to pay an interest of 12pc until payment in full.

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