NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27 – Deputy President William Ruto has moved to court challenging an order to pay farmer Adrian Muteshi Sh5million as compensation in a land case.
The award was given in a case in which the farmer had sued Ruto over the illegal acquisition of a 100-acre piece of land.
Ruto surrendered ownership and possession of the land after admission by the Attorney -General and Commissioner of Lands that it was illegally transferred to him.
He however wants the High Court decision to pay Sh5 million suspended pending his appeal.
The Deputy President also wants the court to stay an order directing him to pay Sh2 million as costs of the suit.
Ruto, through lawyer Kioko Kilukumi, argues that no fault was found against him in the process of acquisition, transfer, possession and ownership of the land.
Ruto contends that he will suffer irreparable injury if he pays the amount as it will lend credibility to perception of wrongdoing on his part.
“The applicant deserves the order of stay as he will suffer substantial loss if stay is not granted on grounds that the impression of fault created by the obligation to pay,” Kilukumi states.
Muteshi on the other hand wants Ruto to pay him the amount as directed by the court on grounds that a stay order will cause him injustice.
He contends the Deputy President is a person of means and “it is not conceivable that payment of the said amount will expose him to irredeemable loss.”
Through lawyer Anthony Lubullelah, Muteshi has asked the court to reject Ruto’s bid arguing that his appeal has little chance of success
The application will be argued on Monday before Judge Rose Ougo.