Nandi squatters urge Maraga to speed up case
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.