The Kenyan Governor for the Nandi County Stephen Sang led hundreds of residents to invade a tea plantation owned by the Kibwari Tea Company on Friday, 7 June 2019
Residents argued that they were allocated the land in the 1980s and built a community cattle dip in Matema village that was later destroyed by the Kibwari Tea company in the 1990s who were irregularly allocated the land.
Over 2 400 tea trees were destroyed at the four-hectare tea estate led by Stephen Sang who was carrying a power saw and accompanied by county surveyors, residents and caterpillars.
At some point, Stephen Sang was engaged in a near fistfight with an unidentified man believed to be an aide to former minister Henry Kosgey who is a major shareholder of the tea plantation.
Coincidentally Stephen Sang defeated former cabinet minister Henry Kosgey to win the position of Nandi County Governor in during Kenya’s 2017 elections.
Henry Kosgey son Allan Kosgey who is a director of the Kibwari Tea company said they had filed a complaint at the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).