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The judge in the Eldoret High Court, said he could not “protect property that was acquired through impropriety”.

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Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi, participates in a farawell cermony given by the Kenyan Armed Forces in Nairobi, 28 December 2002

A court in Kenya on Friday found former president Daniel Arap Moi guilty of land grabbing, and ordered he pay part of nearly $10 million to the rightful owners of a property he sold.

Judge Antony Ombwayo said there was “no iota of evidence” that Moi, now 94, legally owned the property he sold to a timber firm in 2007.

The judge in the Eldoret High Court in Kenya’s west, said he could not “protect property that was acquired through impropriety”.

Lawyers for Kenya’s second president — who ruled between 1978 and 2002 — insisted the 53-acre tract was rightfully Moi’s to sell, but were unable to convince the court.

Ombwayo upheld a claim by the wife and son of the late Noah Kipngeny Chelugui, a local chief who had accused Moi of abusing his position to seize the property from him in 1983.

Chelugui, who died in 2005, said Moi used government land officials to transfer the property deed into his own name.

The land was sold to Rai Plywoods (Kenya) Limited in 2007, the timber company told the court.

“This court finds that the petitioners were illegally dispossessed of the suit land,” Ombwayo ruled.

He ordered the former president and Rai Plywoods to pay 1 billion shillings to Chelugui’s family in compensation.

Moi succeeded Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, upon his death in 1978, fighting off rivals in a bitter contest for the top job.

His rise to power heralded Kenya’s descent into a single party state, with the multi-party system crushed and critical voices tortured or jailed without trial.

Moi’s rule was marked by high-profile corruption scandals, with accusations that he and a powerful worked state institutions to their illegal gain.

In 1992, under international pressure, Moi agreed to the first multi-party elections in 26 years. But they erupted into tribal chaos in which some 2,000 people killed.

Moi, finally defeated at the ballot box by Mwai Kibaki in 2002, would later ask Kenyans for “forgiveness” for the wrongs he had committed.

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Heavy rains threaten Uganda’s coffee crop quality

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Uganda’s coffee crop quality could see a decline in the coming months as heavy rains across the country have reduced the amount of sunshine necessary for bean drying.

Uganda is Africa’s largest exporter of coffee followed by Ethiopia and grows mostly robusta variety.

The country has been pounded by unusually heavy rains that started in August resulting in deaths, displacement and extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure.

Western Uganda, including the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains , some of the biggest coffee growing areas, has received some of the most intense rains.

Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), the state-run regulator, forecasts Uganda’s bean exports will climb 16 percent to 5.1 million 60-kg (132-pound) bags in the current crop year ending September.

The country’s coffee output has surged in recent years, the fruition of a government programme that has been distributing free seedlings to farmers to expand acreage and replace aging trees.

Authorities say their target is to help boost annual production to 20 million bags by 2025.

The beans have traditionally been Uganda’s biggest commodity export but were recently overtaken by gold which now annually earns the country over $1 billion.

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Tanzania, France sign water supply loan agreement

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Tanzania has signed a loan agreement with France to finance water supply projects that will benefit about 770,000 people in the country’s Morogoro municipality.

The French government will extend the loan worth about $76 million to Tanzania through its French Development Agency (AFD), according to Dotto James, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning who signed the agreement on behalf of Tanzania.

“Upon completion, the water supply in the Morogoro municipality will increase from the current 37,000 cubic meters a day to 108,000 cubic meters a day,” James told a press conference following a signing ceremony in Morogoro.

AFD Country Representative for Tanzania, Stephanie Mouen says the project will improve the well-being of the people in the municipality and it will also improve the environment.

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Uganda approves return of over 2,500 nationals stranded abroad

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Over 2,500 Ugandan nationals stranded abroad amid the Covid-19 pandemic can now return home as approved by the Ugandan cabinet.

The cabinet on Monday, agreed that Ugandan nationals trapped in 66 countries can return home at their own cost.

The government is making arrangements with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to fly the stranded citizens home, Judith Nabakooba, the country’s minister for information, communication technology and national guidance says, adding that all the returning citizens will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory institutional quarantine. 

President Yoweri Museveni last month, directed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to study the possibility of evacuating dozens of citizens stranded abroad amid Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions. 

To contain the spread of Covid-19, the country on March 22 suspended all incoming flights, except cargo flights. 

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