Nandi Governor arrested over tea farm saga; says all grabbed land will be reclaimed

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Nandi Governor Sang (centre) was whisked away to Kisumu after availing himself at the Kapsabet DCI office to record a statement. PHOTO/COURTESY
Nandi Governor Sang (centre) was whisked away to Kisumu after availing himself at the Kapsabet DCI office to record a statement. PHOTO/COURTESY

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has reiterated that his County government will not stop its quest to reclaim public land that has been grabbed. The Nandi Governor was arrested and taken to Kisumu Central Police Station in connection with his move to reclaim public land in Keteng area and destroy a tea plantation at Kibwari tea estate. The Governor was summoned by the Kapsabet DCI and surrendered at the Kapsabet DCI office to record a statement on Monday.

After interrogation, he was then taken to a police vehicle and whisked away to Kisumu, amidst waiting supporters who had camped outside the station. Speaking outside his office before his arrest, he said the County government will seek the justice and rights of its citizens especially after suffering historical injustices, where land was grabbed. He said he followed the law, by first of all inviting the National Land Commission to review the land cases, “We said we’ll make sure the property and land belonging to the County government and residents is returned to the residents,” he said.

On Friday, Governor Sang led residents in the exercise of reclaiming land and destroying tea plantation, saying the grabbed land had been set aside for the construction of a cattle dip to benefit the residents. He said there are other grabbed pieces of land in Kapsabet and Nandi and the County administration will reclaim them.

He revealed that the national government has allocated 2,000 housing units to the County to be constructed under the affordable housing pillar of the Jubilee administration and the land meant for the project has already been grabbed but it will be reclaimed, “As we speak right now, the land earmarked for that project has been grabbed, and we’ll return that land.”