Nandi senator summoned by police over Ruto remark

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei (pictured) has been summoned by police over his utterances during a funeral in Olessos on Saturday.

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

In a summons seen by The Standard, Rahamad Wasilwa, a detective from the Criminal Investigation department who is investigating the case wants Cherargei to write a statement over his utterances before August 21.

During the funeral, Senator Cherargei is captured in a short clip which circulated online warning the Deputy President’s detractors of unspecified action.

“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.”

The senator confirmed receiving the summons and said he will appear before the police in Nandi tomorrow.

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 Nandi Governor Stephen Sang over the running of the county.

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.