Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, who was on Tuesday afternoon arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts over hate speech and incitement to violence, has been freed on Ksh300, 000 cash bail or Ksh500, 000 bond.
Cherargei, who was charged with ethnic contempt over remarks he made on August 17, 2019, pleaded not guilty to the said-offenses before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.
Speaking at a funeral in Nandi on the said-date, Cherargei alleged that supporters of Deputy President William Ruto were “marking and profiling” those opposed to his presidential bid, further warning that they will “deal with” those opposed to Ruto’s presidential bid.
On Tuesday, December 3, the prosecution said they were not opposed to Cherargei being released on bail, but urged the court to bar him from commenting on the matter.
Cherargei’s lawyer, Kiprotich Sigei, urged the court to free his client on lenient bail terms because, according to him, Cherargei cooperated with law enforcement officers during his arrest.
Magistrate Andayi directed that should Cherargei fail to raise the set bail before the close of business, then the senator can be freed upon producing two contact persons, whose identity documents will remain with the court until he posts bail. The magistrate said he understood that by the time Cherargei was being freed on bail, some commercial banks had already closed their doors for customers.