Moi allies grabbed Sh954m land from widow, court told

A police officer has produced documents in court showing how six senior retired President Daniel arap Moi’s allies grabbed a piece land worth more than Sh954 million belonging to a widow in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county 10 years ago.

At the same time, Corporal Thomas Othoo attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters, Nairobi county identified the officials in court as he concluded his testimony-in-chief before Trial Magistrate Daniel Ogembo.

The officer was testifying in a case in which former Kenya Pipeline Company managing director Ezekiel Komen, former Eldoret District Commissioner Benjamin Rotich, Tom Chepkwesi, Erick Tarus and Agnes Gerald Wangu Kuria and businessman Benjamin Kuto are charged with defrauding the widow by pretending that the government had acquired the property to set up a settlement scheme.

Othoo led in his evidence-in -chief by Senior State Counsel Eddie Kadebe identified the six accused persons whom he said illegally subdivided the 477 acres land which belonged to 90-year-old widow Anne Kimetei Nyogio and entered up being beneficiary of allocation of the same farm.

He also produced several documents which were allegedly used to transfer the land. The witness told the court that Chepkwesi was the Registrar in charge of Eldoret land registry when the property was fraudulently acquired.

He said that Chepkwesi illegally issued 72 titles to Eric Tarus, Benjamin Kuto and Ezekiel Komen as transfer of the land known as Sergoit River Farm (private land). The officer told the court that Chepkwesi also issued the titles despite himself being served with a court vacating the adverse possession order that had been issued by a High Court judge Justice Philip Ramsley.

He said that the order vacating Justice Ramsley’s order was issued by Justice Joyce Aluoch and received by Chepkwesi on December 22, 2009 and deliberately failed to register the order document. The case was adjourned to August 22.

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