A Kisumu based court has released controversial Nandi Governor Stephen Sang on KS 1 million bond or surety of similar amount for intentionally destroying a four-acre tea estate in Nandi Hills.
Sang was indicted for destruction of property, incitement to disorder and abuse of office during the tense incident in which he led locals to destroy the plantation connected to veteran politician Henry Kosgei.
Appearing in court on Tuesday, June 11, the embattled county administrator denied all the three charges and was granted the bond with an alternative of KS 500, 000 cash bail.
The court further dismissed an application to stop the governor from being charged and taking plea saying it lacked merit.
Sang through his lawyers obtained orders from a High Court in Eldoret restraining detectives from arresting, bothering, questioning, intimidating, or apprehending him.
The county chief affirmed the disputed four-acre piece of land was a public utility parcel meant for a cattle dip.
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Sang led locals to reclaim the Kibwari Tea farm and instantly commenced construction of a community cattle dip which he claimed was destroyed by Kosgey in the 1990s after fraudulently acquiring the land.