An Eldoret-based athlete is accusing Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker, Isaac Terer, of getting him into a scheme and swindling him of property worth Sh21 million, accusations Terer has denied.
Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, the 2007 World Athletics Final Stuttgart champion in men’s 1,500 metres, claims he regrets his partnership with Terer that began eight years ago.
He says the relationship has been very costly, leading to their downfall from grace to grass. He regrets his trust in Terer, whom he says he fully believed in as a confidant and adviser in both legal and other matters. He says that he could as well have squandered the money he earned from career
Kipchirchir who has been a middle-distance athlete before shifting to marathon in 2014, claims he approached Terer to assist him to buy property, but the speaker later pulled a quick one on him and reportedly used the documents to have the wealth registered in his name, leaving him with nothing.
“In 2008, having competed and bagged some accolades in major races abroad, I was determined to make serious investment as security for my future. Terer was the first person I trusted when I thought of investment because he is a competent lawyer and had helped many other athletes and businessmen acquire property,” said Kipchirchir.
He says Terer secured a house for him in the posh Elgon View estate in Eldoret, but they never got to finalise the deal after it became evident that property was at the centre of a legal dispute. “He later struck another deal after his fellow lawyer opted to sell his own house.
Terer advised me to write a cheque of Sh5 million to the seller to secure the property since the lawyer apparently had not convinced his family about the sale of the house. He said we would sign the agreement later,” claims Kipchirchir.
He adds that his plan to create a lucrative investment portfolio came to naught after acquiring the house. He allegedly went ahead to also secure a five-acre piece of land in Kimumu area and paid the owner through the Speaker a sum of Sh12 million.
“On diverse dates between April 22 to 24 in 2008, I gave out another Sh8 million. The Speaker convinced me that I would sign the agreement once the money reflected in the client’s account. I later wrote another cheque of Sh1 million, bringing the total payment to Sh21 million,” he added.
He says he invested all the money he had in his bank accounts with the hope of turning his life around. Kipchirchir claims that his family is blaming him for being selfish “yet deep inside I know I have been swindled.”
“After selling some of the property soon after the subdivision of the land in Kimumu, I was never given even a single cent. When I persisted in demanding payment, he gave me a Toyota Rav 4, but he did not surrender the logbook,” Kipchirchir further claims.
“The Speaker is no longer picking my calls. I want him to return my property because it is all that I had and genuinely worked for,” said Kipchirchir. However, Terer who acknowledged Kipchirchir as being his client and a business partner, disputed claims that he owes his ‘good friend,’ and instead said it is the athlete who owes him.