Popular Nairobi restaurant to be paid Ksh 13 million by Catholic Bishops

Al-Yusra restaurant to be compensated on grounds of religious discrimination

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Al Yusra, a Muslim-owned Nairobi restaurant, will be paid Ksh 13 million in compensation for discrimination by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops as The Star reports.

Al-Yusra restaurant was evicted from their leased space at Waumini building in Westlands which is owned by the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Bishops have been accused of abruptly stopping a six year business deal to rent space at Waumini house in Westlands.

According to Al-Yusra restaurant they were evicted because of their religion, an accusation that the conference of Bishops denied.

A ruling by Judge Isaac Lenoala orders the Catholic Church to pay Al-Yusra Ksh 13 million, of which Ksh 10 million will be used by the restaurant to refurbish the ground floor of the building before occupying it while Ksh 3 million is compensation for discrimination.

“I have also found that by specifically targeting Muslim and Somali tenants and terminating the tenancy relationship between it and the petitioner on these grounds, the (Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops) was in breach of Articles 27 (4) and (5) of the constitution,” held the judge.

Al-Yusra restaurant had initially asked to be paid Ksh 88.4 million.

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