When sorrows come, they come not as single spies but in battalions was what English dramatist William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet.
The sorrows of Bishop David Kariuki Ngare not only included being forced to auction properties to pay off members of his collapsed Ekeza Sacco but now other tenants have forced the closure of his offices in the city centre.
The preacher turned politician is popularly known as Gakuyo, which is also the name of his other troubled real estate firm.
Gakuyo’s offices at Yala Towers at the junction of Koinange and Bishara Street have been closed citing disturbances of other tenants by members of the preacher who also founded and runs Calvary Chosen Centre in Thika, Kiambu County.
Gakuyo is currently battling allegations of bungling over Sh2.5 billion members’ savings at Ekeza Sacco besides duping clients via property investments using his real estate company.
The members have been camping at the Sacco’s offices in Nairobi and other towns demanding refunds and the management of Yala Towers were forced to put up posters within the building including elevators warning Gakuyo investment and Ekeza Sacco members to stop disturbing other tenants in the building.
“The management of Yala Towers has closed offices of Ekeza Sacco indefinitely due to the disturbance caused to our tenants by the members of Ekeza Sacco” reads the notice posted last week.
One of the managers told The Nairobian that “it was hectic, sometime the members would go around knocking doors, and in fact, some of them would dare to strip having spent the whole day without meeting the management.”
Last week, Gakuyo Real Estate put up a newspaper advert listing prime properties for disposal to raise the cash.