An auctioneer has denied selling the controversial 2,700- hectare Intona Ranch in Narok County to Deputy President William Ruto.
This follows claims by National Super Alliance flag-bearer Raila Odinga challenging Mr Ruto over the ownership of the ranch, which belonged to the family of Kenya’s second vice-president, the late Joseph Murumbi.
The auction was linked to Mr Moses Korir, the sole proprietor of Dawning Agencies and Auctioneers.
But through his lawyer, Mr Weldon Ngetich, Mr Korir told the Nation that he had, in 1998, allowed Mr Malel, then general manager of the Agricultural Finance Corporation, to buy the property on behalf of AFC.
This was after Mr Murumbi defaulted on payment of money he owed the corporation.
He said his company should not be dragged into the issue relating to Mr Ruto.
“My client did not conduct any transactions with Mr Ruto or any agent or company representing him.
“I wonder how his name was dragged into talks of corruption yet he had done his job and handed over the property lawfully to AFC,” Mr Ngetich said.
Dawning Agencies and Auctioneers advertised the property for sale by public auction, and it was bought by the corporation, according to the lawyer.
“AFC was allowed to bid for the land,” he said.
He further said a group of 99 members of the Moitanik clan who laid claim to the land went to court after his client had already completed transactions with AFC.
The court had ruled that the resource be divided between AFC and the community.
While addressing a rally at Naroosura Market in Narok West Constituency, Mr Odinga claimed Mr Ruto was abetting corruption and should explain how he acquired the property that is near Lolgorian.
“Land is an emotive issue in Narok and, instead of taking the burden off the shoulders of Kenyans, Jubilee leaders have concentrated on amassing wealth,” Mr Odinga said.