Environment and Lands Court (ELC) sitting in Narok on Thursday ruled in favor of Kilgoris Member of Parliament, Gideon Konchellah in a contentious 1,500 acres piece of land case in his constituency.
Justice Mohammed Kullow gave the MP authority to own the land ending a 16-year court process period in a case where four members of the community invaded the farm and settled.
Speaking after the long-awaited judgment, Konchellah in the company of his lawyer said he acquired the land 33 years ago when his Uasin Gishu clan members allocated it to him.
“I was still military personnel when I acquired this land in the year 1986. Today is a big relief for me and my family as we have proved that the land was not acquired illegally,” said the MP, adding that he could now comfortably sub divide the land to his sons who are now grown-up.
Konchellah said since he is one of the leaders in the community, he chose not to fight back and instead opted for the court process to legally resolve the issue.
He reiterated that four families entered forcefully into the expansive piece of land and settled there even as he held the land title deed.
“I chose to be patient and not provoke war in the community. I am happy that the process, though long has been smooth and justice has prevailed in the long run,” he said.
He called on his opponents to respect the court’s directive and peacefully get out of his farm or else he will apply for a forceful eviction.
“The court has given them 45 days to vacate from the farm. I will be patient until the days expire after which I will take action if they have not moved,” he reiterated.
His lawyer, Martin Ole Kamwaro said his client can now develop the land or invite investors comfortably after the judgment.
“Only four families were involved when the case was filed in court 16 years ago. However, the families have increased and now tens of families are living in the land. The court has ordered them to move out in 45 days,” said Ole Kamwaro.
By Ann Salaton