Eldoret businessman Jackson Kibor has accused a man of conning him Sh2.7 million in a wheat deal that went sour.
While testifying before Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa on Monday, Kibor said that one Lawrence Kosgei, who was also present in court, conned him the wheat on August 17 last year at Kabenes, Uasin Gishu County.
The controversial farmer cum politician, who has hit headlines in the past because of various reasons, claimed that he had agreed to give the man 872 bags of wheat at Sh3,100 each but he failed to honour the agreement they had reached after he picked the same from his farm.
“He came to my house and we went directly to the store, where he picked samples of the wheat and promised to come back the next day,” said Kibor.
He also told the court that the man loaded the wheat on two of his trucks before leaving.
In his defense, Kosgey told the court he had paid one of Kibor’s son by the name Philip and that the debt had been settled. However, the former politician could not listen to any of that insisting the client should pay him his money as his son was not involved in the business.
“How could he have paid Philip? The land is mine, I planted the wheat and Philip has nothing there. He only has his land in Kitale and a store there if at all he has one,” Kibor told the court.
Asked for evidence of an existing contract between him and Kosgey, the old rich farmer said the only existing evidence between them was the fact that he had taken the accused to his farm before selling the wheat to him.
The once powerful politician caused a stir in the courtroom when he started asking the court clerk questions instead of answering her’s, protesting she was asking him several unnecessary queries. Jackson
“You are asking me several unnecessary questions, first I took Kosgey to my shamba before selling him wheat, is it true or false?” posed the the 83-year-old polygamous farmer amid laughter in the courtroom.
Kibor is not new to controversies given in 2017, he almost shot one of his sons who had tried to sell one of his several pieces of land.
He is also a frequent visitor to the Eldoret courtrooms given in the recent past days, he filed and won divorce cases against his two wives.
Hearing for the case will continue on April 16.