Prominent Tycoon Trounces Sons in Battle Over Property

  • Mzee Jackson Kibor
    Mzee Jackson Kibor
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  • Prominent tycoon, farmer and politician Mzee Jackson Kibor won a court battle in a case against his sons and former employees over a 1500 acre land in Soy, Uasin Gishu County.

    This is after Justice Stephen Kibunja of the Environment and Lands court dismissed an application filed by six former employees seeking to reverse a lower court's ruling which had declared Mzee Kibor as the rightful owner of the land.

    The six applicants claimed that Mzee Kibor had planned to evict them from the piece of land. They argued that due to their old age, the eviction would cause them irreversable damage.

    Mzee Jackson Kibor (centre) in court in 2019
    Mzee Jackson Kibor (centre) in court in 2019
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    The employee's application was supported by two of Mzee Kibor's sons, Elkanah Kibor and Ezekiel Kibor, and a daughter-in-law, Michelle Chebet, who had also claimed the piece of land.

    Justice Kibunja dismissed the claims by the former employees and Kibor's sons affirming the lower court's decision and adding that their argument lacked merit.

    The judge also noted that there was no evidence showing the damages that the employees were likely to suffer.

    The feud between Mzee Kibor and his sons over the 1500 acre land began in 2016 after the tycoon had moved to court to block his sons from subdividing the parcel of land.

    Kibor claimed that his sons had forcefully taken ownership of the land, arguing that it was their rightful inheritance.

    Justice Antony Ombayo stated that the documents tabled in court ascertained that the 86-year-old tycoon was the legal landowner.

    The altercation ultimately led to Mzee Kibor disowning his sons. He demanded a DNA test arguing that only those found to be his true children would benefit from his wealth.

    "I never married (their mother) Naomi Jeptoo. I doubt her sons are my biological sons and I will have a DNA test conducted to prove that they are indeed my biological children before sharing my wealth with them," Kibor stated in a previous press briefing.

    Kesses MP Mishra Swarup second right) meets Uasin Gishu politician Jackson Kibor (right) in April 2018
    Kesses MP Mishra Swarup second right) meets Uasin Gishu politician Jackson Kibor (right) in April 2018
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