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Court orders Ruto to complete KES 5M compensation

31 March 2014, 12:23 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto has lost an appeal case where he was contesting a ruling forcing him to pay compensation of KES 5 million over a botched land deal. The DP had been ordered to pay the amount for illegally occupying a post-election violence victim’s land.

High Court judge Lady Justice Rose Ougo ruled that the deputy president failed to satisfactorily convince the court on why he should not pay the stated compensation to Mr Adrian Gilbert Muteshi.

While dismissing Mr Ruto’s appeal, judge Ougo said that Mr Muteshi would be denied justice if he is not compensated.

She ordered that the deputy president’ should pay Mr Muteshi legal costs he has incurred in the case all along.

"Mr Ruto has failed to demonstrate why an order should be granted to stop the earlier order that required him to pay Mr Muteshi the stated amount as compensation for illegally occupying the alleged property, the intended order will cause Mr Muteshi injustice, ruled the judge.

However his lawyer Katwa Kigen pleaded with the judge to allow fourteen more days before any execution of the ruling.

The judge agreed and said there was no harm if the order was to be delayed for fourteen days after the appeal case ruling.

On June 28 last year, Lady Justice Ougo had ruled that he had proved that the property in dispute was Muteshi’s and he had been deprived of it.

Mr Muteshi has been embroiled in a four year long legal land tussle with the deputy president.

He had had accused him of hatching a plot to grab his 100 acre farm in his county backyard during the 2007-2008 post -election violence while Mr Muteshi had fled for safety.

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