In Summary
  • Mr Sang had on Saturday led local residents in invading Kibwari Tea Estate in Nandi Hills where they cut and uprooted tea bushes on a contested piece of land as police officers watched.

  • The governor’s arrest was a culmination of weeks of a renewed battle that has been shaping up since the beginning of the year between him and Mr Kosgey’s family after the son of the former powerful minister, Allan Kosgey, began traversing the county in what insiders said was testing the ground in readiness for a gubernatorial stake in 2022. 

A renewed political supremacy war between Nandi Governor Stephen Sang and the former powerful minister Henry Kosgey landed the county chief in trouble yesterday after he was arrested over the invasion and destruction of property on a tea estate associated with the former minister at the weekend.

TEAR GAS

Mr Sang had on Saturday led local residents in invading Kibwari Tea Estate in Nandi Hills where they cut and uprooted tea bushes on a contested piece of land as police officers watched.

The governor was Monday summoned to Kapsabet Police Station by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers and arrested at midday when he presented himself to record a statement. He was taken to Kisumu Central Police Station where he was being held last evening.

On a day of high drama, the governor first addressed hundreds of supporters and county workers who had gathered outside his office before walking for about 600 metres, escorted by a crowd, to the Kapsabet Police Station where the DCI officers were waiting for him. The officers were said to have been sent from Nairobi.

He was taken in at midday, leaving behind the restless group that waited for his release. An hour later, the governor emerged in the company of the officers who initially tried to restrain him from addressing the crowd.

Upon the supporters’ demand to address them, the officers budged but he was only allowed two minutes. He told the crowd he was being taken to Nandi Hills Police Station. As he made the address, a vehicle was being moved close to where he was standing and soon he was bundled in. 

Some of his supporters tried to stop the police from forcing him into the car but were met by a cloud of tear gas after the officers lobbed dozens of canisters and shot in the air to disperse them.

The vehicle sped off as more tear gas was lobbed at boda boda riders who tried to block the road.

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