NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – A case pitting Eldoret North MP William Ruto and an Internally Displaced Person over a disputed 100-acre piece of land will now proceed to full hearing.
This is after Adrian Muteshi – who has accused Ruto of grabbing the land – failed to reach an out-of-court settlement with the lawmaker.
Lawyers Anthony Lubulellah and Katwa Kigen for Muteshi and Ruto respectively, informed trial judge Rose Ougo that they have been unable to record consent.
Justice Ougo was told that Ruto and Muteshi failed to agree on compensation, costs of the suit and issues surrounding the title deed.
As a result, the advocates sought to have the matter proceed to full hearing to enable the court determine the issues contested by both parties.
The case has now been set for hearing on April 25 and 26 when the parties will present their arguments.
Early this month Ruto, through his lawyer, said he was willing to surrender the contentious property but later declined after Muteshi allegedly demanded compensation.
Muteshi lodged the suit in 2010 and sought to have the title deed of the land that is in Ruto’s possession cancelled.
He has maintained that he owns the disputed land in Uasin Gishu since1989 but after the 2008 unrest in the Rift Valley the legislator allegedly took it over.
In his suit papers, Muteshi contends that the land was initially owned by a white settler and it was sold to him by Dorothy Jemutai Yator.
Ruto has on the other hand refuted Muteshi’s claims.
Ruto, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang have been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity that emanated from the post election violence.
More than 1,300 Kenyans lost their lives and over 500,000 others were uprooted from the homes majority of who are from the expansive Rift Valley Province.