Nandi Governor Sang arrested, whisked away to Kisumu
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang was Monday afternoon arrested for leading the destruction of a private tea plantation which he claims is on grabbed public land.
Sang was apprehended 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 at least 2500 mature tea bushes at the Kibwari tea estate in Nandi hills.
Police were forced to lob teargas canisters to disperse a crowd that had accompanied the governor to the Kapsabet police station.
Following 45 minutes of interrogation at the DCI offices, sang was whisked away to the Kisumu Central Police Station for further questioning.
While addressing the media earlier on Monday, before walking to the DCI offices to record a statement of his actions, Sang insisted that public property will have to be repossessed from individuals to help benefit the community.
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.