Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has been released on a 1 million Kenyan shillings bond and is being charged with incitement to violence, abuse of power and malicious damage to property.
Sang was arrested yesterday and spent the night in central police station in Kisumu County. On Tuesday morning he was presented before Chief Magistrate Julius Ngar but the matter was referred to Chief Magistrate Beryl Omollo after the former cited conflict of interest in the case.
The governors’ lawyers had requested that the governor be released unconditionally pending the hearing and determination of the case before he could take any plea.
Sang had earlier invaded a tea farm, destroyed it and was being sought before finally being arrested Monday afternoon. 2500 mature tea bushes were destroyed in the invasion of the multinational tea farm at Kibwari Estate. The governor and his team of county officials were armed with farm tools which they used to uproot the tea bushes. He argues, in his defense that he was trying to repossess the land which was allegedly grabbed by the private owners of the farm from community members.
The governor’s method of handling the matter has been condemned by members of parliament like Vincent Tuwei, Julius Meli, Cornelius Serem , Alfred Keter and Senetor Samson Cherarge who say he would have waited for the pending court cases in the High Court in Eldoret and Nairobi.