Retired President Daniel arap Moi has been barred from auctioning livestock belonging to herders in Laikipia County.

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The lawyer of the retired president wanted to auction livestock belonging to 249 residents in the county before the decision of the court. 

In her ruling Justice Mary Oundo ordered Moi’s lawyer Juma Kiplenge to share the files of the case with the herders within 14 days to allow them to submit their petition during their defence. 

Lawyer Bermin Kanyonge, who is representing the pastoralists, asked the court to allow both sides to put their arguments in writing to make the case easily understood. 

The herders had opposed the request by Moi to have their animals auctioned to recover Sh8.2 million owed to him. 

The herders had lost a case in which they were fighting for the ownership of a 17,105-acre piece of land in Laikipia North. 

The herders representative Richard Leiyagu noted that Naisok Auctioneers had planned to auction 1,300 cattle. The auctioneers were also targeting vehicles and household items in the case.

The pastoralists argued that the auctioning is not reasonable.

“To confiscate 1,300 cows will fleece the Samburu community of the equivalent of Sh58.5 million,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Nation. 

Moi’s case will be mentioned on November 27, 2019.