Moi’s sister-in-law appeals court decision stripping her of 51 acres
A sister-in-law to late President Daniel arap Moi has appealed a court decision in which she lost 51 acres of land she claims was a gift from Moi’s wife.
Emily Chesang, 74, cousin to the late Lena Moi, the late president’s wife, has challenged the Land and Environment Court ruling in Eldoret after she lost the piece of land situated at Mumberes area in Koibatek Sub- County of Baringo county.
According to court documents, Chesang claims to have been given the said land by her cousin (Lena) as a reward after nursing her when she was sick.
In her sworn affidavit challenging the ruling in favour of Moi’s family, Chesang claimed that the ruling discarded her evidence where most of her documents disappeared mysteriously in her file weakening her defence.
She also claims that her lack of information on the court process negatively affected her case.
“The ruling was done in haste where the matter was moved to Eldoret instead of Nakuru without my consent. I was not given the opportunity to appear in court to defend myself as a respondent,” Chesang claims.
Chesang is confident that given the opportunity she will prove to the court that she has a right to own the land in question.
According to Chesang the ruling did not factor in her defence since she was left in darkness during the entire court process.
She was evicted from the property in 2020 after the court ruling, she now claims to have been subjected to anguish and suffering. “My family is now homeless and my children are loitering in the streets. I have lost everything that I owned, my children are being displaced. I appeal to legal experts to help me repose what is rightfully mine,” she said.
Chesang also claims that a Nakuru based auctioneer firm allegedly hired by Moi’s family is threatening her by demanding for the payment of the cost of the suit yet she was given opportunity to appeal the matter.
While delivering the ruling in favour of Moi’s family land and environment Judge, Justice E Oboaga confirmed that Chesang stayed on the farm from January 1995 until the death of Lena Moi in 2004.
The court said that by the fact that the complainant stayed in the disputed farm with the permission of Lena Moi, she cannot claim to have adverse interest in the suit property.
Justice Oboaga stated that Jonathan Moi became a registered owner of the property on June 8, 2007 before transferring it to his daughter Barbara Chebet Moi in October 2010.