A courtroom in Kenya has ordered previous President Daniel arap Moi to pay back 1.06bn shillings ($10.5m £8.2m) in payment to a widow for illegally seizing her land.
Mr Moi transferred to himself 53 acres of land belonging to widow Susan Cheburet Chelugui, the choose ruled.
The land was illegally grabbed 36 several years back but only transferred to Mr Moi’s title in 2007.
Ms Chelugui’s husband Noah Chelugui was a community main all through Mr Moi’s rule.
The previous president, who continues to be Kenya’s longest-serving chief, was accused by Ms Chelugui and her son David Chelugui of transferring their spouse and children land into his identify two years immediately after Ms Chelugui’s partner passed absent.
Mr Moi is then explained to have offered the land to Rai Plywood Confined, a timber agency, the BBC’s Mercy Juma stories from Nairobi.
Rai Plywood Constrained informed the judge that it had acquired the land from Moi in 2007 following comprehensive authorized checks.
Nonetheless, Mr Moi was not able to give the court docket any proof of how he came to have the land, our correspondent says.
Judge Anthony Ombwayo claimed Mr Moi experienced behaved in a way that was “unconstitutional, irregular, unprocedural” and “tainted”.
Mr Moi became Kenya’s next president in 1978 and served until eventually 2002.
He dominated the region with an iron fist and was accused of human rights abuses.
Less than international strain, he authorized multi-social gathering elections in 1992, which had been marred by widespread violence and allegations of rigging.
A exam-scenario for Kenya’s a lot of land grabs?
By Mercy Juma, BBC Africa, Nairobi
This ruling is vastly major for Kenya.
There have been various situations of land grabbing by high-position government officials and rich enterprise people today about the yrs but the victims normally have neither the will nor the income to struggle back again.
Corruption in the judiciary is yet another substantial trouble. When disputes are taken to courtroom, they typically drag on for many years.
Numerous hope that this will occur to be noticed as a check scenario and that it will send out a information to strong men and women that they can no extended simply seize land belonging to the considerably less effectively-off.