Nandi Senator Cherargei arrested over incitement claims

Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei was arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations early Tuesday morning.

The lawmaker who is facing charges of ethnic contempt and incitement to violence underwent further questioning and was later arraigned in court before he was released on bail.

The Nandi Senator was arrested in relation to utterances he made in August contrary to Section 62(1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act as well as incitement to violence contrary to Section 96 (a) of the Penal Code.

Cherargei was in August this year summoned by the DCI over perceived inflammatory remarks he made at the funeral where he claimed his political wing was allegedly profiling persons opposed to Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid, further warning that when the time comes they would deal with them.

According to the prosecution, the words uttered by the under-fire lawmaker were aimed at stirring ethnic hatred against other communities residing in the area.

He was later released on a personal bond after being interrogated by at the DCI offices in Kisumu.

Senator Cherargei maintained his innocence saying he didn’t intend to propagate any inciting remarks.

He claimed that the statement he made meant that they would meet the people criticising Ruto at the ballot in 2022.


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