Kenyan Governor Facing Property Destruction Charges Skip Court Session

Kenyan Governor Stephen Sang was a no-show in court on Monday, May 4, over an alleged sickness.

Sang was expected to appear before Resident Magistrate Beryl Omolo to respond to allegations of malicious destruction of property worth ksh2 million ($20000) and incitement to violence.

The Nandi Governor’s lawyer Jane Masai mentioned sickness and fear of exposure to Covid-19 as the reasons why her client failed to show up in the court.

The Governor is accused of leading a mob in uprooting tea bushes at Nandi’s Kibwari tea estate in Kenya’s Rift Valley in 2019.

The County boss was caught in a camera cutting down the tea bushes using a power saw in the alleged grabbed land.

“Acting on public grievances and establishing ownership of land kept in trust for the public by the county, today I led the community in the recovery of four acres of land set aside for the establishment of public utilities,” Sang said. 

The defence requested the court to postpone the case, a request that the Magistrate granted. She ordered a hearing in two weeks time.

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