, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 10 – Nandi Governor Stephen Sang risks arrest if he fails to surrender to police on Monday for leading locals to destroy tea bushes on a private farm over the weekend.
Videos and photos of the governor with a power saw have been circulating on social media, in which he was accompanied by dozens of locals who cut off tea bushes said to belong to an influential former minister and Member of Parliament.
Nandi County Police boss Thomas Ngeiywa says the governor should surrender and explain the Friday incident, which saw more than 2,000 tea bushes destroyed in some four acres of land, allegedly grabbed from the community.
Speaking to Capital FM News, Ngeiywa said detectives are already aware of his whereabouts and will effect an arrest if he fails to honour their plea.
“He must face the law. Today he must surrender, or we will get him,” he said.
According to the County Commander, Sang is wanted for incitement and destruction of property.
According to the governor, the disputed piece of land was allegedly given to the community more than two decades ago when the expansive tea plantation was on different ownership.
The Governor’s spokesperson Gideon Cise has since denied reports that Sang had gone into hiding.
Sang had defended his move saying it was meant to repossess the community land.