Skip to main content
January 19, 2018

Eldoret families get Sh4.5 billion compensation in Langas estate row

Land administrator Pius Tott speaks after the Eldoret HIgh Court awarded two families Sh4.5 billion as compensation for loss of 1,050 prime acres of land, January 12, 2018. /Mathews Ndanyi
Land administrator Pius Tott speaks after the Eldoret HIgh Court awarded two families Sh4.5 billion as compensation for loss of 1,050 prime acres of land, January 12, 2018. /Mathews Ndanyi

The High Court in Eldoret has awarded two families Sh4.5 billion compensation for loss of 1,050 prime acres of land.

Justice Anthony Obwayo awarded the money to the families of Joseph Korir and Kiptot Sitienei who are both deceased.

Obwayo ruled that the land genuinely belonged to the two and that the government took over illegally.

The judge ordered the government to make payments, including all costs of the suit, to the beneficiaries through the consolidated fund.

Read: Eldoret council denies role in Sh4 billion Langas estate row

The families will have to surrender the title deeds of the land before compensation can be effected.

“I order the two families to surrender the title deeds of the land to the government as a condition to access the Sh4.5 billion compensation," Obwayo said.

The land, which lies near the Eldoret Polytechnic along Kisumu road, includes the entire Langas Estate and is currently occupied by more than 200,000 people. On it are several public amenities such as schools and hospitals.

The judge said the two families produced original titles for the land but that current occupants had nothing to indicate ownership.

But Obwayo declined a demand by the families for those on the property to be evicted, noting their number was large - almost a third of Eldoret town.

He asked the National Land Commission to issue title deeds to those who have plots on the property registered as LR No 8500, also known as Eldoret Municipality block 22.

“Doing so would expose new land owners and other institutions to irreparable loses running into billions of shilling for their investments," the judge said.

Families living on the land expressed joy after the Judge declined to issue eviction orders.

The judge made the land mark ruling on Friday, more than 15 years since the families went to court. Pius Tot, the administrator of the land, sued on behalf of the families.

The case caused World Bank and Uasin Gishu county to halt development projects, including a Sh2 billion slum upgrade project, eight years ago.

Click here for the latest political news

STAR COMMUNITY POLICY AND PARTICIPATION GUIDLINES
  • Thank you for participating in discussions on The Star, Kenya website. You are welcome to comment and debate issues, however take note that:
  • Comments that are abusive; defamatory; obscene; promote or incite violence, terrorism, illegal acts, hate speech, or hatred on the grounds of race, ethnicity, cultural identity, religious belief, disability, gender, identity or sexual orientation, or are otherwise objectionable in the Star’s  reasonable discretion shall not be tolerated and will be deleted.
  • Comments that contain unwarranted personal abuse will be deleted.
  • Strong personal criticism is acceptable if justified by facts and arguments.
  • Deviation from points of discussion may lead to deletion of comments.
  • Failure to adhere to this policy and guidelines may lead to blocking of offending users. Our moderator’s decision to block offending users is final.
Poll of the day