Nandi Governor Stephen Sang was on Tuesday charged with malicious damage to property and incitement to violence for leading county officials and locals to destroy tea bushes on a private farm.
Sang was also faced with an abuse of office charge when he was arraigned before Kisumu Resident Magistrate Beryl Omolo.
He is accused of authorising county earth movers to destroy tea bushes at the Kibwari tea estate valued at Ksh.2 million.
The county boss denied the charges and was released on a KSh1 million bond or KSh500,000 cash bail. The hearing of the case was set for September 19, 2019.
Sang was apprehended on Monday after presenting himself to the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offices in Nandi County following reports that he was being sought by police for destroying the Kibwari tea estate, which he claims is set up on grabbed public land.
Following 45 minutes of interrogation at the DCI offices, sang was whisked away to the Kisumu Central Police Station for further questioning. Sang claims the four-acre piece of land in question was grabbed from the community by multinationals and influential politicians in 2003.
On Friday, the governor literally took matters into his hands, armed with a power saw, he cut down tea bushes at the Kibware Tea Plantation. Earth movers also uprooted the cash crop flattening others along the way.
Angry residents armed with power saws and earth movers also moved into the farm ready to flatten tea bushes. Sang said that he was acting on complaints from members of the public who decried that the four acres of land reserved for the establishment of public utilities had been grabbed.
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