A woman who claims to have cohabited with former Taveta MP Basil Criticos for a period of eight years is demanding to be paid Sh25 million.
In documents filed in court, Victoria Anna Hill wants the court to compel the former politician to pay her Sh25 million, the amount she allegedly loaned him while still together to expand their business, according to The Standard.
Ms. Victoria is further demanding to be given 100 acres of land that Criticos had promised her before he kicked her out of his house. The woman claims that she began living with Criticos in 2006 before their relationship ended in 2014.
On his part, Criticos denied ever cohabiting with Ms. Victoria, stating that she was only working at his company.
“I have never cohabited with her as common law partners, as I have been happily married to Barbara Kirwan Criticos for 18 years. I do not understand the basis of her claims, as I only contracted her as an interior decorator at my property known as Grogan’s Castle,” said Criticos as quoted by The Standard.
Instead, Criticos accused the woman of breaking into his apartment and stealing valuables worth Sh23 million, allegations that Ms. Victoria denied, noting that she had all the keys to his house.
“He is lying that I stole from him. I want nothing of his. I only want my money and investment I made in his home. He left me destitute, without any concern for my well-being after living with me for over eight years, where I supported him financially and emotionally,” Victoria said in a sworn affidavit.
Victoria said she decorated Criticos house, bought furniture, artifacts, beddings and kitchen utensils among other items.
She wants the court to order her former lover to return all the items she bought with her own money, refund the Sh25 million loan (accrued interest factored in) she gave him and 100 acres of land he promised her for her “good services” during their eight-year cohabitation.
Victoria attached a letter dated August 6th, 2010 from Criticos’ lawyer Walker Kontos confirming that the former MP had agreed to surrender the portion of land to her.
“He acknowledged in writing the debt he owed me, but he refused to pay me and instead alleged that I am a thief who stole his properties and firearm. On account of other amounts and the interests, he is indebted to me to the tune of Sh25 million,” said Victoria.