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Governor Sang charged afresh over tea estate destruction

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Nandi Governor Stephen Sang was on Monday charged afresh over the destruction of Kibwari Tea Estate in 2019.

Appearing before Kisumu Resident Magistrate Beryl Omolo, the youthful governor was informed that his charge sheet had been amended to include an additional charge.

The county boss was charged with three counts i.e. malicious damage to property, incitement to violence, and assault leading to bodily harm.

On the assault charge, Sang is accused of causing bodily harm to Jonah Kemboi on June 8, 2019 by using blunt objects causing an injury to his neck and lower limbs.

On malicious damage, Sang’ together with others not in the court were charged with inciting violence that led to destruction of tea bushes valued at KSh2 million.

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Governor Sang’ pleaded not guilty to the all the charges and was released on a KSh500,000 cash bail he was granted two years ago.

“As per the amended charge sheet, the prosecution has no objection to the bond terms being maintained. I, therefore, direct that the accused person be released on bail terms of Sh500,00. However the court requires a personal attendant to the court of the accused person during subsequent hearing dates of the case,” said Magistrate Omolo.

The case will be heard on March 11, 2021.

The tea plantation is associated with the once powerful minister Henry Kosgei.

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