DCI officers arrest Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei

DCI officers arrest Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei (right in baseball cap).
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has been arrested over his utterances at a funeral in Olessos on Saturday and driven to Kapsabet for interrogation.  

The Senator had been summoned to appear before the DCI in Kapsabet to shed light on utterances he made during the funeral of Dominic Choge.

In a summons seen by Standard Digital, Rahamad Wasilwa, a detective from the Criminal Investigations Department who is investigating the case wants Cherargei to record a statement over his utterances on August 21.

DCI officers outside  Nandi Senator Samsom Cherargei's home.
During the funeral, Senator Cherargei is captured in a short video clip which circulated online warning the Deputy President’s detractors of unspecified action.

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“Those who are fighting the Deputy President, we (sic) are profiling you ... if you fight [the] DP you’re fighting us. Don’t think he doesn’t have supporters,” Cherargei told mourners.

He added, “as his supporters if you continue fighting the DP we are marking you and profiling you. When the time comes we will deal with you. Even the DP has supporters and should be respected.”

Cherargei, a first-time senator and a key ally of Deputy President William Ruto, is not new to controversy and has in the past clashed with Governor Stephen Sang over the running of Nandi County.

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He has also opposed the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to set up the Building Bridges Initiative after last year’s handshake with Opposition leader Raila Odinga. He says the unity deal will frustrate Ruto’s quest for the presidency.

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