, KISUMU, Kenya, Aug 20 – Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei have been freed on a personal bond after questioning over hate remarks he is said to have made over the weekend.
Cherargei told journalists in Kisumu detectives had said they were still investigating the matter adding that he had committed to cooperate with the police.
He said two key words which the detectives are interested to understand the meaning on the context that he used are “profiling and shughulikia”.
“They want to know about the two words, they also wanted to know about my stand on Mau issue and my support to Deputy President William Ruto,” he said.
Kisumu County DCI chief Onesmus Towet said the Senator is expected to present himself to DCI offices in Eldoret next Thursday for arraignment in court.
“It is true the Senator has been released on a police bond, investigations are on and on Thursday he will appear before DCI to get more updates, but he is to be charged,” he said.
Cherargei who was picked by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Tuesday morning arrived at the Kisumu Central Police Station minutes past 2 pm.
DCI detectives from DCI raided his Nandi home from where they effected the arrest over what DCI boss George Kinoti termed as “inflammatory” remarks he is said to have uttered during a funeral over the weekend.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang accompanied lawyers representing Cherargei who chairs the Senate Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights.
Cherergei told Nandi residents not to panic terming his arrest as a routine investigation.
He said his remarks should not be used as a excuse for political persecution saying he will continue being loyal to the governing Jubilee Party.
Cherergei said he will be awaiting the outcome of the investigations.
“Investigations are still ongoing, of course when times comes you will know the next step the police or National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) might take,” he said.
“Let’s give them time to investigate so that they also go to meditate on the word kushughulika because kushughulika sometimes has a lot of meaning”.
Governor Sang who flanked Cherargei warned politicians against using words that might be misconstrued to mean “other things”.
Sang said due to heightened political temperatures in the country, politicians should desist from using inflammatory words.
“What we are now learning is that, I think as politicians we must also be careful about the words we use, if we use words that might be misconstrued to mean one or the other thing, we could find ourselves to a situation where we are required to offer an explanation,” he said.
He asked police respond promptly to remarks bordering on hate across board noting that some politicians have continued to walk freely even after making such utterances.
Sang said he came to be in solidarity with Senator Cherergei even though they have political differences.
“I could have different positions with him, even with the statement he made, I may not agree with him, but my coming here is to stand with him as a colleague and as a leader,” he said.