Eldoret Man Who Won Land Dispute Against DP Ruto Dies

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86-year-old Eldoret farmer who was involved in a land dispute with Deputy President William Ruto in 2013, has died.

According to an obituary in the local newspaper, Andrian Muteshi died on Tuesday, October 27 in Nairobi.

“It is with a deep sense of gratitude to say farewell to our beloved Adrian …who passed away in Nairobi,” an obituary in one of the local dailies read.

He leaves behind a wife Maria Wikunza Muteshi and six children.

Muteshi, who was displaced from Eldoret during the 2007/2008 post-election violence, sued DP Ruto over an 100-acre farm in Uasin Gishu.

The late Andrian Muteshi following a court proceeding at Milimani Law Courts in March 2013. Photo/Courtesy

He accused the Attorney-General and another person, Ms Dorothy Yator for illegally selling his land to the deputy president.

Muteshi won the case in 2013 after the court ruled in his favour saying that he had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the land was his.

The court ordered that the controversial 100-acre land be returned to Muteshi who had been determined as the rightful owner.

The court further ordered Ruto to pay Ksh.5 million to Muteshi for illegally occupying his land.

DP Ruto however, in February 2014, appealed the court order to pay the Ksh5 million arguing that he had legally acquired the land’s documents from the authority.

The DP would later withdraw his appeal.

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