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Presidential seat scandal

The presidential seat scandal was a 1992 row in which The Kenya government through the State House returned to a designer a seat after being used by former president Daniel arap Moi for a year.

Furncon Limited through its director, Mr Solomon Njoroge Kiore, sued the government through the office of the Attorney General for failing to pay for two presidential seats he designed, made, and delivered according to the terms of a tender he had won.

26 years later, the government agreed to pay millions of shillings in an out-of-court settlement for the presidential chair it returned to the designer. This was after Mr Kiore went to court once again seeking to stop the government from opening a presidential museum without the seats he had designed. Furncon petitioned to stop the opening of the presidential museum and exhibition centre before the suit it filed against the government seeking Sh3.5 billion compensation determined.

Documents in court indicated that in 1990, the then President Daniel Arap Moi picked Furncon for the deal after reviewing bids from several other firms.

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