Kenya: Ahmednasir Awarded Sh750,000 for Broken Bentley Windscreen

A court has ordered the national highways agency to pay lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi Sh750,311 for damages to his high-end car, a Bentley Bentyaga, while driving on a key road under repair.

The judgement is deemed important because it puts accountability for damage suffered by road users due to shoddy works on the public agencies concerned.

Mr Abdullahi, a Senior Counsel, had sued the Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHa) for negligence after the windscreen of his luxury car was damaged by a stone at section of the Nairobi-Namanga highway.

A Bentley costs between Sh30 million and Sh51 million, according to the Kenya Revenue Authority.

The first batch of Bentleys arrived in Kenya in 2017 and it sold five units in 2018 and three last year.

Only one unit of the luxury car was sold in the first half in a luxury car market dominated by Mercedes Benz and BMW.

In his suit, Mr Abdullahi argued that the workers failed to put up appropriate signs warning motorists of danger on the stretch of the highway that was being re-carpeted. A shrapnel hit the windscreen of the lawyer's car shattering it as he drove back to Nairobi from Arusha on August 25, 2018.

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