The High Court ordered 249 members of the Samburu community to pay Former President Daniel Arap Moi’s lawyer Juma Kiplenge Sh8.2 million in cost after they lost out on a case against the former president.
Court orders Moi's lawyer to be paid Sh8.2 million
Deputy Registrar of the High Court Damacline Bosibori stated that the pastoralists were taxed the amount after they lost the case in 2017.
The group had sued Moi, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) over a huge piece of land in Laikipia North.
Bosibori noted that the money to be paid to Kiplenge should be done through the Kiplenge and Kurgat Advocates who represented the former president.
She further directed the herdsmen to pay a similar amount to Kaplan and Stratton, which was the law firm that represented AWF in the case, after they had filed a bill of Sh11.8 million.
The case however is pending before the Court of Appeal after the group moved to challenge the decision made.
Moi purchases land from Ol Pejeta Ranching Limited
During the case, Moi explained that he had bought the parcel of land from Ol Pejeta Ranching Limited in 1998.
The second president of the country clarified that 17,105 acres had been given to AWF and the land had no squatters.
The herders had been accused of illegally using the land to graze their animals with the owners taking steps of reaching out to the community in a bid to sustain wildlife protection.
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