NAIROBI, Kenya, June 12 – Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has announced that he will return to the disputed land to start construction of a cattle dip.
Sang stated that the land number that was contained in the charge sheet is different from the land he is reclaiming.
He pointed out that he has never set foot into the land that was mentioned by the prosecution noting that he will not bow to intimidation while reverting stolen public property.
“The charges I am facing is that I invaded a piece of land which I had not. We did not trespass in that land. So, starting tomorrow (Wednesday), we will start the process of constructing a cattle dip. We intend to finish its construction within the next one month,” he stated.
Speaking to the press in Kisumu after being released from court, Sang took a swipe at the office of Inspector General of police and Director of Public Prosecution for going against the Constitution.
“So this impunity from our leaders especially from the IG’s and DPPs office must stop, so that everybody is able to observe the law. I am surprised that I have been brought to court for reclaiming a grabbed land,” he said.
On Tuesday, Sang was charged with malicious damage to property and incitement to violence for leading county officials and locals to destroy tea bushes on a private farm.
He however denied all the three charges and was subsequently freed on a bond of Sh1 million or cash bail of Sh500,000 with no objection from the prosecution.
His case will be heard on June 19.
His lawyers had earlier tried to oppose the charges, arguing that he was granted restraining orders by a High Court in Eldoret, but they were dismissed by the magistrate.
Sang spent the night at the Kisumu Police Station following his arrest on Monday evening when he went to Kapsabet Police Station to record a statement, accompanied by a group of his supporters who were teargassed before he was driven away.
He is accused of leading a group to destroy tea bushes on a farm belonging to former Cabinet Minister and Tinderet Member of Parliament Henry Kosgey, while arguing that it is public land meant for a cattle dip to benefit locals.
In opposing the charges, Sang’s lawyers argued that Justice Stephen Githinji’s orders issued in Eldoret on Monday were clear that police and the Director of Public Prosecutions should be restrained from “charging, prosecuting, arresting, harassing, questioning, intimidating or apprehending” Sang pending a hearing of the matter.