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Three of Uhuru’s Escorts Arrested at Sudi’s Home

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UPDATE Wednesday September 23: Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has been charged with three counts of hate speech and offensive conduct and set free on Ksh500,000 cash bail.

Sudi was charged with two counts of hate speech and one of offensive conduct, charges he denied before Senior Principle Magistrate Lilian Arika.

However, the charge sheet presented before court on Wednesday omitted three counts of resisting arrest, unlawful possession of firearms and assault of a police officer as stated in a previous application.

Through his lawyers, Sudi made an application to the court to allow him to address political gatherings, a request that the prosecution opposed.

Senior Principle Magistrate Lilian Arika extended the orders given by Judge Joel Ngugi on Friday barring the legislator from addressing political gatherings pending a pre- trial hearing on the 6th of October

Sudi was charged with two counts of hate speech and one of offensive conduct, charges he denied before Senior Principle Magistrate Lilian Arika.

However, the charge sheet presented before court on Wednesday omitted three counts of resisting arrest, unlawful possession of firearms and assault of a police officer as stated in a previous application.

Through his lawyers, Sudi made an application to the court to allow him to address political gatherings, a request that the prosecution opposed.

Senior Principle Magistrate Lilian Arika extended the orders given by Judge Joel Ngugi on Friday barring the legislator from addressing political gatherings pending a pre- trial hearing on October 6.


UPDATE Friday September 18: Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has been granted a cash bail of Ksh500,000 with an alternative bond of Ksh1 million.

Sudi on Thursday went to the High Court contesting the decision to hold him at the Nakuru Central Police Station for a further seven days reviewed.

Earlier on Friday, the MP promised the High Court in Nakuru that he will not utter any inciting words before investigations into his case are over.

Friday’s defense team led by Lawyer Nelson Havi said there were no grounds to further hold their client, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi. Source: The Star

He spoke when he appeared before Justice Joel Ngugi for the inter parte hearing of his review application.

He had asked Justice Ngugi to release him on reasonable bail terms.

Friday’s defense team led by Lawyer Nelson Havi said there were no grounds to further hold their client. He urged the court to release him on a free bond.

The prosecution on the other hand maintained that Sudi has a great influence ‘on the ground’ and would interfere with investigations.

It urged the High Court to impose tough conditions in the event he is released on bond specifically barring him from issuing an inciting statement.


UPDATE Wednesday September 16: Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi to remain in custody for seven more days as police complete hate speech probe.


UPDATE 15:09: Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi to spend two more nights in police custody awaiting bail ruling on incitement case, Nakuru court rules.


UPDATE Monday September 14: Three police officers suspected to have helped Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi evade arrest at the weekend are attached to Deputy President William Ruto, it has emerged.

The officers, including a Chief Inspector of Police, are expected to be charged in court today over their role in the failed attempt to arrest the outspoken MP.

The ugly incident led to the injury of a General Service Unit (GSU) officer and the shooting of a member of the public.

Police Headquarters said Constables Isaack Dida and Simon Siengo will be charged with obstructing police officers on duty while their commander, a Chief Inspector Ekiru, had by yesterday evening not been traced.

It is believed the chief inspector escaped, leaving behind his firearm which was later recovered by officers who conducted the raid at the MP’s home.


UPDATE Sunday September 13: Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi presented himself to police after a dramatic manhunt at his residence on Saturday.

The legislator presented himself at Langas Police Station, Eldoret in company of his lawyer – Uasin Gishu women rep Gladys Shollei and Soy MP Caleb Kositany, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa among other leaders.

“It was unnecessary to be treated with a lot of drama by sending contingent of police officers to my home. I was away the time police arrived at my place. Thank you all for standing with me,” he stated.


Three armed men attached to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security detail were on Saturday September 12 arrested at the home of Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi during a raid by police sent to arrest the legislator over alleged crimes of hate speech and incitement.

It was not clear what the three officers attached to President Kenyatta’s security unit were doing at Sudi’s home.

Police Commander in Uasin Gishu Johnstone Ipara who led the operation at Sudi’s home confirmed the arrest of the officers.

MP Oscar Sudi at his home during his arrest on Friday night September 11. Source: File

Ipara disclosed that they gained entry into the home of the MP searching for him but did not find him during the operation.

In an incident report Reference OB No. 21 of September 12, 2020 filed at the Langas Police Station in Eldoret, Ipara noted that on the eleventh day of September 2020 at around 1900hrs, a team of police officers under his commander and the County DCI chief for the area conducted a raid at the residence of Sudi.

He added that a standoff ensued whereby the occupants of the residence refused to open the gate prompting the officers to gain entry through the fence of the compound.

According to Ipara, immediately they gained entry, shots were fired from inside the compound.

A GSU officer, John Muiruri, was injured with a panga on his right-hand thumb in the process of gaining entry.

Ipara added that a search was conducted in the residence but unfortunately, the MP had already fled.

“On further search within the compound and the parking lot, a spent cartridge of 9mm, one for 7.62mm and a panga were recovered”, he noted.

He disclosed that the three officers who were later confirmed to be working with the presidential escort unit were found inside the compound.

They included Simon Siengo who was in possession of a Ceska pistol with two magazines of 15 rounds of ammunition, Issack Dida, who was in possession of a Jericho with a magazine of 15 rounds of ammunition and C.I Ekiru who was suspected to have fled the compound alongside the MP.

The presidential escort men had come in the compound with a motor vehicle registration number KBU 893 V, a Toyota Prado.

Another firearm Gilbua with a magazine of 30 rounds of ammunition was recovered inside the vehicle used by the three.

They also had another motor vehicle registration No KBR 257 S, Toyota Allion where a Ceska pistol with a magazine of 11 rounds of ammunition was found.

Ipara also noted that some civilians were also arrested for interrogation, including Victor K. Kibitok, Stephen Chege, James Kemboi Kemei, Jonathan Maritim Kosgei, and David Birich Kipyego.

“The team left the residence at around 0630hrs in pursue of the MP at his Elgon View Estate home and he was also not found. The injured officer was treated and discharged while the civilian was rushed to the hospital and in stable condition”, highlighted Ipara.

He added that the operation to search for the MP was still going on.

However, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkonen disclosed that the MP was safe and was on his way to Nairobi.

“We shall prepare him tomorrow and present him before the NCIC on Monday”, said Murkomen through a tweet.

Police officers and some residents outside the home of Kapseret MP during a raid by security officers who were sent to arrest him on September 12. Source: The Star

https://twitter.com/kipmurkomen/status/1304802306257543168?s=19


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