Nandi Governor Stephen Sang skipped appearing in court on Monday, May 3 to answer to charges of malicious damage of property and incitement to violence.
Through his lawyer Jane Masai, Governor Sang told a Kisumu court that he was unable to make it to court after falling ill and being in fear of exposure to Covid-19.
According to Masai, Sang has been unwell for a couple of days and was acting on doctor’s advise to be in isolation.
Kisumu Resident Magistrate Beryl Omolo granted the defendants’ request for a case adjournment and ordered a hearing in two weeks to confirm the Governor’s health status.
According to court documents, Sang was charged in January 2021 wit an additional charge of assault and destruction of property where he led a mob in uprooting tea bushes at Kibwari estate in 2019.
The court heard that Sang was armed with a power saw and was caught in camera cutting down tea bushes on the alleged grabbed land.
“Acting on public grievances and establishing ownership of land kept in trust for the public by the county, today I led the community in the recovery of four acres of land set aside for the establishment of public utilities,” Sang said.
The tea bushes destroyed by Sang was valued at Sh2 million.