After hours of uncertainty over his fate after being arrested earlier in the day, Bomet Senator Christopher Lang’at has been released after recording a statement in his home county.
He has been accused of inciting his community against the neighboring Maasai following a spate of tribal clashes that rocked Olenguruoni.
He however denied the charges, saying that on the mentioned date, he was carrying out his parliamentary duties.
“I am accused that on August 12, I mobilized 200 youths from Bomet and took them to Amalo River and administered an oath for them and finally engaged them in fighting the Maasai whereby many of them lost their lives,” he said as he addressed his supporters moments after he was released on police bond.
Accompanying him to record the statement was his lawyer Nelson Havi, who said that the DCI officers who arrested his client accorded him respect even as a major public outcry rocked parts of Bomet County.
Lang’at is among 2 other senators who were arrested under unclear circumstances at a time when the Senate was reconvening to debate county revenue bill for the 9th time.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was arrested at midday in his Kitengela home and driven to Mumias to face charges of distributing hand sanitizers in breach of covid-19 protocols.
On the other hand, Samburu Senator Steve Lelegwe was arrested on his way
to parliament although no charges have been preferred against him.
Last night, a sleuth of DCI officers numbering 20 laid siege to Lang’at’s home in Nyayo estate Embakasi.
After hours of stand off, he was arrested under the company of his lawyer Nelson Havi and taken to Embakasi police station and later to Bomet County.
And even as the senator is out on bond, the senate failed to adjourn the debate on the contentious county revenue bill as there was a tie of 29 votes, prompting the speaker Kenneth Lusaka to rule that debate will go on according to standing orders.