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Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi to be detained at Nakuru Central Police Station for 7 more days pending conclusion of investigations into incitement and hate speech allegations against him.

Sudi is accused of making offensive comments, attacking a police officer, and owning illegal firearm.

Before the ruling, a team of 12 advocates led by Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei, her Elgeyo-Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen, Hillary Sigei and Isaac Terer put up a spirited fight to convince the court to have the MP released on bail.

Expecting a huge crowd, police beefed security outside the law courts to maintain order as several political leaders trooped to Nakuru, among them the local senator Susan Kihika, MPs Caleb Kositany (Soy) and Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), and Wangui Ngirici (Kirinyaga Woman Rep.

On Monday, Sudi who was held in custody for two days pending Wednesday’s ruling on his bail application was allowed by the court to seek medication at Nakuru Referral hospital after his lawyers claimed that he was unwell.

The prosecution sought to hold the outspoken MP for 14 days to allow time for further investigations.

Investigating Officer James Akello told the court that his release was a threat to public order, peace, and security.

Nakuru Chief Magistrate Joseph Kyalo had deferred the ruling on the bond application after a defence team led by the MP’s lawyer Collins Kiprono and Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Shollei and prosecution conducted by state counsel Daniel Karuri presented their submissions over the matter.

During the Court’s session convened via video link, Mr Karuri opposed the law maker’s release on bond on grounds that the current situation in Uasin Gishu County was volatile.

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According to the prosecution, Sudi will face five counts including hate speech contrary to section 139(1) (a) of the NCIC Act no 12 of 2008, assaulting a police officer contrary to section 103 (a) of the National Police Act 2011, offensive conduct contrary to section 94(1) of the penal code, resisting arrest and being illegal possession of a firearm.

The prosecution further wants the Kapseret MP to surrender a Ceska pistol loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition that was found in a car inside his compound.


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