– Susan Cheburet Chelugui’s family claims they have not had any peace since the court ruled on the land case
– They urged retired president Moi to let them stay in peace saying all they want is their land back and not his money
– High Court in May 2019 ordered the former president to compensate Chelugui for irregularly acquiring her land
An elderly woman who won a protracted legal battle against retired president Daniel Arap Moi over 53 acres parcel of land has not had any peace since the landmark ruling was made on May 16, 2019.
The 85-year-old Susan Cheburet Chelugui reportedly abandoned home after High Court ordered the former president to pay her KSh 1.06 billion as compensation for grabbing her land, a directive that did not sit well with the Moi family.
A report by Citizen TV on Saturday, June 8, night confirmed Chelugui and members of her family started avoiding their own home fearing for their lives.
“In the Kenya of today, if you touch the big person you will be attacked at night or even during the day when walking around. So we are not even secure…we do not know where we will go now.
We do not know if we should go and stay in hotels in town… but there is no money, ” Chelugui’s daughter Lillian Chelugui lamented.
Chelugui’s family urged the retired head of state to let them stay in peace, with the granny saying all she needs is her family land back and that she is not interested in money like many other people.
“I am not after money, people love money but for me I do not love money. What I want is my land so I can leave it to my children,” the worried grandmother said in Swahili.
In their court case, Chelugui and her son David Chelugui had accused the former president of taking over their family land in 2007, about two years after the death of Chelugui’s husband Noah Chelugui who served as chief when Moi was president.
The court found Moi illegally acquired the land belonging to Chelugui’s family and sold it to Rai Plywood Limited which has been occupying the controversial plot since 2007.
“Acquisition of the said properties by the first and second respondents were arbitrary unconstitutional, irregular, unprocedural, tainted, a nullity ab initio and therefore not worthy of any constitutional protection,” Judge Anthony Ombwayo ruled.
Ombwayo directed that a KSh 1 billion be awarded as a commensurate compensation to Chelugui’s family for the irregular loss of their land.
“The 1st and 2nd respondents…are hereby ordered to pay the estate of the late Noah Chelugui the prompt payment in full of just and current market value of the said properties…” the judge ruled.
Unhappy with the ruling, the Moi family is expected to challenge the High Court decision.
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