Nandi squat­ters urge Maraga to speed up case

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Squat­ters from Nandi county who sued the man­age­ment of a tea es­tate have urged Chief Jus­tice David Maraga to en­sure their nine-year-old case is heard.

More than 400 squat­ters filed the case against Kip­kei­bon Tea Es­tates, owned by for­mer min­is­ter Henry Kos­gey, in 2008. The Kip­kei­bon Tar­tar squat­ters said they have been de­nied jus­tice be­cause the case has dragged for too long.

They spoke in El­doret town on Wed­nes­day dur­ing the men­tion­ing of the case be­fore Jus­tice An­thony Omb­wayo at the Land and En­vi­ron­ment Court. “We ap­peal to Maraga to post more judges to the El­doret di­vi­sion to fast-track land cases that have stag­nated for too long,” the squat­ters’ ad­vo­cate Ki­bet Sang said.

He said the court has given the par­ties in­volved in the dis­pute 30 days to re­spond. The squat­ters said they have lost the right to their an­ces­tral land. Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, the res­i­dents say the 460 acres were owned by a set­tler who died in 1980 af­ter they bought part of the land. Kos­gey al­legedly used his po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence to ac­quire the land.

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