Athletes embroiled in land tussle in Eldoret

Retired and active athletes have embroiled in a land tussle within the outskirts of Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County.

With over 900 occupants of the land, there are about ten athletes who bought the land from one of the retired runner was part of the managing directors, who according to they had confidence in him.

Led by 2010 Commonwealth Marathon champion John Kelai, the runners have accused one of their own for betraying their sweat yet he was a runner and understands the pain they undergo to get money to own properties.

Speaking in their disputed land, Kelai’s wife Susan Kelai accused some powerful people who are working hard to ensure that their ladn is sold to another party.

Kelai’s wife Susan said they bought an acrein 2004 but the family risk eviction after the plot was purchased.

“We have been told to get off the land if we will not accept the small portion we are being given and not the entire acre that we bought,” said Susan.

Her pledge was that the family would not move unless they are paid current market value of their land.

Another affected athlete is road specialist runner Abraham Chelanga who said the officials of the group should ensure justice and all those who bought land must get their rightful shares.

The disputed erupted on the 700 acre prime farm in Eldoret under the Marakwet Development Authority is valued at billions of shillings  near Eldoret Airstrip and has 954 individuals.

The land is located near the Sh50 billion Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital will be build.

But the Association chairman John Kipchumba said the Kelai bought the land illegally from fraudsters and do not have valid documents.

“We have not sold out land belonging to anyone at the farm and those complaining are part of former committee members who have no valid documents to own the land they are claiming,” Kipchumba said.


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