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Ruling Date Set For Case against Three State Agencies over Eldoret Muslim Plots

The Eldoret High Court has finally set the date on which it will deliver a ruling in regard to a case in which a Muslim youth leader has sued three state agencies.

North Rift Muslim Youth Daawa Group Secretary General Jamal Diriwo in 2022 filed a petition before the court, accusing the three state agencies of contravening the Access to Information Act.

Diriwo in his petition claims the three agencies – The National Lands Commission (NLC), Land Registry Eldoret and The Attorney General failed to provide him with information in regard to the list of assets and plots owned by the Muslim Association Jamia Mosque, Eldoret.

In his court documents, he argues that despite numerous letters to the three agencies seeking information about the assets, none were answered.

Eldoret’s Ardhi House building. The Eldoret Lands Registry has been accused of failing to adhere to the Access to Information Act.

It was the same case even with the intervention of the Commission on Administrative Justice (The Ombudsman) officials from the region.

He now wants the three agencies found culpable of acting contrary to the Access to Information Act.

Further, Diriwo is seeking court orders directing the three to furnish him with information on the said assets.

With the conclusion of the hearing of the case, and after all parties filed their final submissions, Eldoret High Court Judge Robert Wananda has now set July 21, 2023, as the day he will deliver a ruling.

Eldoret Muslim assets

Diriwo, in the numerous letters he presented in court as evidence, had asked for all details of the association’s assets from as far as 1986, including letters of allotment, letters of transfer and title deeds.

He further wants details of all land donated by the government to the Muslims for the construction of mosques in each of the estates in Eldoret town.

Eldoret Muslim youth leader Jamal Dirowo during the hearing of the case.
Eldoret Muslim youth leader Jamal Dirowo during the hearing of the case on May 25, 2023.

It is believed the Muslim Association Jamia Mosque, Eldoret, has pieces of land worth billions of money spread across Eldoret town, some of which have been irregularly transferred to private individuals.

When he appeared before an Eldoret court on Thursday, on a different case, Mohamed Chumo, the Secretary of the Muslim Association Mosque Committee said they have 9 plots within Eldoret town and one bank account that has millions of shillings.

But according to Diriwo, there are over 100 plots that belong to the association – spreading across the Eldoret Municipality and nearby areas.

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